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HOSTESS DIARY 

JAN 1943- DEC. 1943 



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Original in Box 195 



YAYSIDE INN DIARY 
Keek of December 27, 1942 



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least, life, liberty and happiness? I believe 
that this is a divine event toward which all 
modern civilization moves. Let us pray for it, 
work for is and never weaken in our faith. There 
is a picture of Dr McCollester 's son in soldier's 
uniform in France 1917 - 18 and of his grandson, Roger, 
Texas Flying School, 1942 



Thursday, December 31, 1942 Stormy 

New Year's hve and our dinner guests, 
Mr and ^rs Edward ^lsen of Red Wing, Minn., who 
were married this afternoon In the Gordon Chapel 
c! the historic Old '-'outh Church of Boston. Both 
are graduates of the University of Minnesota. 
She is a teacher. He is a naval seaman and as 
his boat had orders to pull into ^o^ton for a few 
days for repairs, they decided to get married. 
So she came on from Minnesota. l'hey will have a 
few days together and then his boat pulls out 
again and she returns to Red Vving for the duration. 



Friday, January 1, 1943 Fair 

^r and Mrs Tozer were married in 
Framinghara this afternoon and then came to the 
Inn for dancing and a wedding supper. Mrs. 
Tozer is the former Barbars Newhall, daughter 
of a onetime V.'ayside Inn employee. There were 
thirty-five in the party and they danced in the 
large ballroom. Mrs Stuart Hoppin, our former 
hostess Muriel de Mille, played the violin. It 
was a simple and sweet wedding party, and the 
young people had a joyous time treading the 
measures of the old time dances. 



Saturday, January 2, 1943 Fair 

We received today a thank you card 
from Seaman Paul J. Zalenski, one of the young 
men picked up by our driver and brought to 
the Inn for breakfast and dinner on Dec. 27th. 
The card was well chosen, very dainty, violets and 
forgetmenots intertwined and the verse: 

ri appy thoughts 

Best wishes too 

*nd sincere thanks 

To all of you. 



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Sunday, January 3j 1943 Fair 

The cleca winter v<eather entieeu Miss Virginia 
Sargeant to drive out from Boston with her friend Mrs. uruber anu 
Mrs. Uruber' s two children, Sue and do. ihej walked ail about 
the estate to see the mill ana the school una the chapel and then 
the chiiaren Sit^tea on Josephine una, coming in with sharpened 
appetites for tea. These children love Miss Sargeant and more 
than unce nave made the statement that they wouxu xive with her 
if anything happened to their mother, but now being entranced 
with the inn they have changed their minds. Ii anything happens 
to their mother they wouxa xike to ~ive at Wayside Inn. «t pre- 
sent, however, their mother is hale ana hearty. Their father is 
in service in North «frica. 



Monday , January 4> 1943 Snow 

lie have received a friendlj letter from Mr. 

Leonard Turner enclosing sojue pictures which he too^ at the Gar- 
field weading here in October, he also enclosed a copy 01' a 
school theme written by- his daughter aita on the "True Ameri- 
can Spirit". Aita is the little girl with the long flaxen 
braids who has been mentioned many times in our aiary. her com- 
position was the one selectea oy her school to be reaa and her 
father sent us a copy because the iuea ana feeling tor the 
theme were su 6o esteu by Alta's recent visit to the inn. 



Tuesday, January 5» 1V43 fair 

Mr burton holmes has sent us a co^y of his book, 
"The rraveler's ftussia". ihe book is inscribed, "To the Waysia- 
ers irom a grateful a uest." The dedication reaas, "This oook. is 
gratefully deuicatea to my audiences of forty-one -Lecture seasons 
who have mace possible my lii'e ox travel." This book way pub- 
lished in 1934 ana this year is the lii'tieth oi Mr Holme's lec- 
tures. Burton Hoxmes was the first to use motion pictures in 
connection with travex lectures, that was in x397. he supplied 
us with passes to attend his lecture, "New iSngland" on January 
3oth which includes pictures taicen bj ^iln. oi the inn estate. 



Wednesday , January 6, 194-3 .fair 

Our Wayside Inn ftoad neighbors, the Breens, who 
are soon to move away, brought friends for dinner. Mr. Breen'. 
parting statement was, "The hardest ^art of leaving this part oi' 
the country is leaving the Wayside Inn." 



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Thursday , January 7, 194-3 Fair 

Samuel Chamberlain's ^ictoriaj. calendar is becoming 
quite a tradition in Mew iingland. beverai quests have mentioned 
his calendar of this year to us us it includes a line picture of 
the Wayside Martha Mary Chapel. A yearly calendar is also becom- 
ing a yearly tradition with our irienas the Bowkers, using some 
of their favorite camera pictures. This year some or our Wayside 
people received calendars irom them with a picture of the inn 
taken by moonlight. 



Friday, January 3, 1943 J?' air 

A military group at luncheon today, nt. *rea atone 
oi" Sudbury, a major and the wife oi a colonel, all from the near- 
by munition dump which aujoins the Wayside Inn property. Lt. 
Stone was the lire iooKout on Nobscot mountain ana ior a i'ew win- 
ters worked at the Wayside Inn so he leit quite at home. When 
the fireplace needed attention he went right at it, raking the 
ashes and putting on wood though he was outfitted in immaculate 
khaki . 



Saturuu,, , January 9j 1943 fair 

The pictures promised us by Mr. Alfred Stuart of 
Youngstown, Ohio, have arrived and they are beautiful, rhey in- 
clude the inn, different views oi' the sheep in the rieia, the 
Uhapel, the entrance to the Inn grounds with tne emphasis on one 
of the old oaks, the Parmenter bisters' house and the well oi 
the Parmenter house. 



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Sunday, January 10, 194-3 Pleasant, cold 

All persons driving automobiles for pleasure have 
been requested by the Office of Production Management to 
keep off the roads. This order went into effect last Thursday 
noon and since that time there have been very few guests. 
The Bowkers ventured out from Worcester last evening, coming by 
Bus. But the trip was hard and long, taking about two hours 
from door to door. Consequently these dear friends bid us a 
more or less final farewell and expressed doubt as to whether 
they would be here again for a long time, at least not until the 
pleasure driving ban is lifted. 

Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. Harthan of Lynn, Mass. stayed 
over last night, the occasion being their second Wedding anniver- 
sary. They are among the many lovely young couples who have 
spent their honeymoon here, then return for the succeeding 
anniversaries . 



Monday, January 11, 194-3 Very cold 

The death of A. Lawrence Lowell, former President of 
Harvard University brings to mind the fact that he registered 
in the Inn's Special Guest Book on December 3> 1938* He was a 
member of a party of ten which included several professors and 
their wives, among them Paul Hazaid and J. D.M.Ford. Yesterday 
the New York Times in referring to Dr. Lowell quoted a letter in 
appreciation of a "warrior for Peace". 

The morning papers report a deduction of from 80 to 90 
percent in Sunday automobile driving. 



Tuesday, January 12, 1943 Pleasant, warmer 

Just as it was difficult to remember to write 1943 
on the first day of the New Year, so it is, for a few days, 
hard to say 257 instead of 256 . This is in reference to the 
age of the Inn. Every year on January 1st it becomes a year older, 
Also a year is added to Mr. Ford's ownership of the Inn. This 
year marks the 20th Anniversary, 1923 - 1943. 



Wednesday, January 13, 1943 Pleasant 

Almost every day one or more of our neighbors comes 
in to wait for a Bus or to get warm. Consequently we are getting 
better acquainted than ever before with those who live nearest the 
Inn. Mrs. Bowen who lives in the old Walker house often spends a 
few minutes in Iront of the open fire before starting on her walk 
down Peakham Road. Mrs. Gross whose children attend our Mary 
Lamb School and whose husband Dr. Gross bought the Italian Villa- 
like Pearmain place, missed the Bus today and waited here for an 



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Wednesday January 13 - contiried 



hour until the next one. Regularly on Thursday evenings a 
Mrs. Harberg who worses lor Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson on Dutton Road, 
comes on the Bus from Boston. After a telephone call to the 
Atkinsons she waits patiently until they drive down to get her. 



Thursday, January 14, 194-3 Pleasant 

Some of the Inn family were pleasantly surprised 
recently to see live beautiful pheasants strutting in single 
line near the Gate House. 

This evening we entertained the new instructor of 
Physical Education at the Boys School. He is Mr. Edwin V, 
Hamar. The entertainment consisted of a tour through the house; 
literally from garrett to cellar. He saw the rooms lor over- 
night guests on the third floor and all rooms in-between to the 
basement kitchen. 



Friday, January 15, 1943 Much Warmer 

"Hidden talents are developing fast these days" 
remarked a young woman today as she fondly touched the hand- 
made wooden utensils in the Kitchen. 'And I think the more 
people stay in the house, the more they will discover interesting 
things to do right in their own homes. In the old days men and 
women didn't have automobiles and they lacked many of our 
luxuries. Therefore they became more ingenious and inventive". 
By the same means, we added it is not unlikely that the present 
rationing of materials and supplies and the present ban on the 
use of gasoline will bring about several unexpected and worth- 
while discoveries. 

Saturday, January 16, 1943 Snow 

Une can drive for pleasure if accompanied by a man in the 
Service. Therefore the Harold S. Bowkers were able to come lor 
luncheon today bringing their Navy son and his financee. Young 
Bowker is stationed at Newport and it is not a military sec^ret that 
he is in the Commandant's office where he serves as Secretary. His 
jaunty seaman's cap ana uniform become him and he is acquiring a 
rugged, very healthy appearance. 

Another good looking young man in uniform arrived on the 
Bus ana proved to be Bill Gumming s formerly of the Boys School. 
He is in training at Morris field, North Carolina in the 19th 
Observation S.quadron. His blue uniform was different from any we had 
seen before and identifies him as belonging to a Combat Crew, 
Army Air Corps. 



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Sunday, January 17, 1943 Stormy 

This is the second day of a sleet storm which is 
covering the ground with ice. Travelling is dangerous. 
Therefore very few guests have come to the Inn. Mr. and Mrs. 
Raymond drove up for dinner. They are neighbors j not near 
neighbors but the,y live between here and So. Sudbury center. 
They are interested in goats and wanted to see the »i ay side Inn 
goats now wintering in the Lamson barn. This, the Raymonds 
thought, was \ more or less a business matter. Consequently 
they felt justified in driving their car. Other guests were 
several young ladies accompanied by Naval officers. They 
arrived on the one o ' clock Bus . 



Monday, January 18, 1943 Stormy 

The Inn household is getting ready for the Retreat 
group - the Fraters who are expected next Sunday the 24 th to 
remain until the 27th. The ban on Pleasure driving makes this 
event a source of conjecture as to how many wil be present. 
Usually there are about twenty ministers. 

A letter received recently from Miss Dorothy Roberts 
tells of her plans to be married in Florida instead of in the 
Martha-Mary Chapel. The groom- to-be is in Officers training 
and will not have any "leave" before being sent to the fleet. 
Miss Roberts writes; 

"Both Al and I have hated to give up our 
original plans to be married there in your 
little chapel. However we will always 
have cherished memories of what might have been" . 



Tuesday, January 19, 1943 Stormy 

The ice storm continues covering every little twig on 
every little branch and bush. The pines are bent low with 
the weight of ice and are easily touched as you walk down 
Dutton Road. Walking and riding however, are still too dangerous 
to be undertaken unless absolutely necessary. The storm is a 
pretty sight and makes the World without a picture of Fairyland. 
Inside we are comfortable near the fireplace and are looking 
over some books. Here is one of unusual interest because of the 
recent death of George Washington Carver. It is the auto- 
biography of Booker T. Washington, the great colored educator 
who founded Tuskegee. The book is inscribed in this way: 



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Tuesday, January 19, 194-3 - continued 



Henry W. Longfellow made the 
Wayside Inn famous. 
Mr. Edward R. Lemon keeps it 
famous - 

Booker T. Washington 
Tuskegee, iJLabama 
July 17, 1912 



The death of another eminent person recalls the fact 
that she visited the Inn several times. She is Laura E. Richards, 
author of the "Hildegarde" books, "Captain January" and other beloved 
children's stories. Of special Vv'ayside Inn interest is the fact 
the Mrs. Richards was the daughter of Julia Ward Howe and 
Samuel Gridley Howe - said to have been distantlyrelated to the 
Inn Howe family. 



Wednesday, January 20, 194-3 Pleasant 

A letter came today from a recent guest, Mrs. William B. 
Barry of Kansas, Illinois. Mrs. Barry begins this way: 

"We were so delighted with our visit 
to the Wayside Inn that I must 
tell you about it. We've always 
loved Longfellow, though my husband 
reminded me that I had some of 
his and Lowell's poems confused. 
- - - our food was so nice, it was 
served so perfectly - - every- 
thing was just right". 

Another letter is from Leola Scheips, the little nurse from 
the Ji'ord Hospital who spent Thanksgiving here. She is still at the 
U.S. Naval Hospital at Chelsea, Mass . and writes: 

"I received a wonuerful Christmas 
present in the form of a promotion 
to Lieutenant and Chief Nurse. Of- 
course it means much more respon- 
sibility but I hope I can stay at 
Chelsea at least until I get broken in". 



Thursday, January 21, 194-3 Partly cloudy 

Two ladies from near Boston arrived today to spend a 
couple of days at the Inn. They immediately donned Winter sports 
clothes and were on their way for a long afternoon wallc. 



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Friday, January 22, 1943 Pleasant 

A week ago when the Mary Lamb school children came 
for their dancing lesson we suggested that it would be nice 
for them to draw some pictures of places and tilings around the 
Inn. Today they presented their crayon interpretations of the 
Redstone School house, the Mill, the Inn, the barn and the 
stage coaches. There is one artistic work which looks like a 
modernistic Christmas card - just a few trees in different 
shades of green. Beverly Giles in the 4 th grade did a very nice 
picture of the Mill showing clearly that it is made of stone. 
The large Mill wheel looks as though it would turn easily . 
Marcia Zoller attempted in color the foot bridge across the Mill 
stream. One of the boys drew a sta^e coach with two passengers 
peeking out the windows and a coachman perched on his high seat. 



Saturday, January 23, 1943 Pleasant 

Two men in the bervice spent a good deal of time here 
today. One of xhem was Allen Uurgin, a former Wayside Inn 
School boy - and the other was Hansel Shirley, former student 
in the Berry Schools, Georgia. Allen graduated in 1941 and is 
now preparing to be a Flight Officer. He is stationed in 
Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Glider Replacement Center. His 
description of Glider training was especially clear and concise. 
He gave a vivid picture of camp life, conduct of men ana officers 
and type of living quarters. The other guest, Pay Officer 
Shirley learned the bakery business at the Berry Schools. Through 
a Mr. Skinner he was able to qualify as a baker in the Army and 
is now stationed at Camp Endicott, Rhode Island. When Officer 
Shirley learned that the old Wayside Inn brick oven would hold 
16 pies, he informed us that the army oven he uses will bake 128 
pies at one time. 



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Sunday, January 24, 1943 



Very pleasant 



41st RETREAT 

U H V fi K b A L I b T MINISTERS 



This quiet old house was livened today by the arrival 
of the Wayside Inn Craters. The old clock ticked a bit louder, 
the fires burned brighter and all within were happier because the 
time had come Tor the 41st Annual Retreat. 

This year the iTraters journeyed by train, trolley and 
bus. Not one came by automobile. At six o'clock there were 
thirteen ministers ready to eat supper. A new man was noticed. 
He was introduced as Reverend G. H. Ulrich from North Carolina. 
"This Retreat will be a great event for Dr. Ulrich" said Dr. Etz. 
"He comes from a rural district "Seven Springs" where he is doing 
a fine piece of missionary work. It just happens that he is 
having a vacation. . so we invited him here". Dr. Ulrich is tall 
and thin with a broad Scandinavian face - and his eyes have an 
unusually kind expression. 




:, Doing a fine 
piece of 
Missionary 
work" 



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Sunday January 24. - continued 



Another "new" Frater will be the Reverend Joseph Beach 
of Worcester who is expected tomorrow. 

At ten o' clock the gentle tune of "Now the Day is Over" 
floated into every nook and corner of the Inn - coming from the 
Old Kitchen where "Good Night Devotions" were held. 



"Jesus give the weary 
Calm and sweet repose 
With Thy tenderest blessings 
May our eyelids close." 



Monday, January 25, 1943 Snow and sleet 

The recreational ^roject of the /raters this year is 
whittling. Dr. Kapp was the instigator of the plan. He thought 
the design of a hand made wooden spatula would be a oOod pattern 
to follow. Mr. Sennott furnished some small pieces of pine and 
knives were provided. During the morning session which was a 
review of the book "The Robe", several /raters whittled. Then 
after lunch they whittled again. It is a good indoor sport. 
Dr. vanSchaick has also arranged some entertainment. He brought 
three or four boxes of delicious candy, gum drops, chocolates, 
carmels and nuts. He is the eaiae kindly soul who goes about putting 
in a kind word here and a kind word there. He told of Dr. Brooks 
work in the Washington Church - "Up early in the morning, he is apt 
to arrive at his church office an hour ahead of time. . then stays 
late with overtime work. He doesn't let a detail of the parish 
organization escape him" said Dr. John. 

A great source of ammusement was furnished when Dr. Rose 
broke a front tooth while eating an olive. "He tried to eat the 
stone too" someone said. Consequently Wallace (Rose) has not been 
able to pronounce his f's. "I've got to write my next sermon 
without using any f's" he said. A favorite pastime is to ask 
Wallace to repeat "Faith of our fathers" I Someone else suggested 
that it would have been better if Wallace had impersonated the 
Young Sicilian with his"moustache like swallow's wings" - this year 
instead of last year. 



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Monday, January 25 - continued 



Dr. William 

Wallace 

Rose 

of 

Lynn, Mass. 




"Smile, Wallace, 
smile" 



At the "Twilight Hour" i'rater Lalone spoke on "What have we 
a right to believe?" And in the evening a Memorial service for 
Dr. Kichard bykes - former Frater was held. After tiLs, Dr. McCollester 
and Dr. Etz gave "Recollections of other Retreats". 




Our good friend 

and Crater 
Dr. Roger Etz 



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Tuesday, January 26, 1943 



Cloudy, fog 



The annual business meeting of the Praters was held this 
morning followed by a discussion of "The most immediate problems 
facing the Universalis t Church today". The afternoon was free; some 
of the Craters rested in their rooms, others walked outdoors and 
several contined their whittling. Dr. Lalone is carving a fine 
panel in old time design - Reamon from Syracuse, New York expects to 
present his wife with a wooden spoon. Kapp sticks to the spatula. 

Before supper there is usually a kind of impromptu gather- 
ing in the Bar room and talk is lively. "Remember the time I 
preached in Brattleboro and had to change the subject of my sermon 
in a hurry?" asked Dr. Lalone. It seems that the chosen subject was 
"Behold the Man" and the hymn to accompany it, "God bend us Men". 
The choir being composed of girls, someone suggested a quick change 1 
Such remarks as this are frequently heard. "The nicest part of my 
program yesterday was the fact that Wallace didn't snore!" bupper 
was announced. "Come to supper, Fred" - Fred: "Do I have to eat 
again? I ate yesterday." But in the old kitchen where all the 
meetings have been held tfcs year, the Fraters are reverent and digni- 
fied. They are eager to hear a worth-while message; something 
spiritual and inspiring. They are not so much concerned this year 
with the Vtiar as with the Peace. Tonight a very wonderful paper was 
read by Dr. Kapp under the general subject "Great Personalities 
and the Inn". It was a fantastic thing. He walked to the stone 
bridge at midnight, listened to a conversation among the brook, 
the road, the old oaks and the Inn., a kind of gossiping among the 
four. A great tribute was paid the older men of the Retreat. .Dr. 
Perkins talked informally about two Praters of the earlier Retreat 
days. Miss Staples shared by telling of more recent great person- 
alities. This program was preceded by violin music in the Ball - 
room. Prater Gehr from Philadelphia again took the part of "Die 
Bull" with Miss Fisher at the piano. Music, serious talk, light 
talk and prayers ended tho day. 



Reverend Joseph 

Beach of 
Worcester- a 
Retreat guest 




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Wednesday, January 27, 19-43 



Cloudy 



Rev, Wallace 

riske 

of 

Haver ill, Mass. 

(Soon to join 
the Army 
Chaplain Corps) 




There is a kind of hustle and bustle on this last morning 
of the Retreat. Bags are packed and bus schedules examined. Before 
leaving, the Communion Service was held in the Martha-Mary Chapel. 
Then good-byes were said and deep appreciation expressed as the 
ministers left for their homes and parishes. Dr. McCollester was on 
his way to Darien, Connecticut and laterto 1'lorida. Dr. Perkins said 
he was not going to rush. He stayed with a few others for lunch, then 



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Wednesday, January 27 - continued 



lingered in the Bar-room. He is retired from the largest 
church in the Universalist denomination. It seemed as if he wanted 
to stay at the Inn forever. Forty-one years he has come and gone 
at this annual Retreat. For the forty- first time he said "Good -bye" 




And "good-by" until next year to Fraters 
Hoyt, Fraser, Reamon and Lalone 



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Thursday, January 28, 1943 Snow storm 

Miss Fisher reports a busy day. Three ladies came on the 
bus for luncheon. Two gentlemen had lunch. Eight students 
walked to the Inn from the Weston Seminary. In the evening Major 
Lowell, whom we have come to imow quite well, was entertained at 
a farewell dinner. He is leaving for a new post in Minnesota. 

Friday, January 29, 1943 Snow 

Mrs. Grace N. Fletcher has written an excellent article 
in the Christian Herald for January. It is about our Chapel and Martha-Mary 
is called "Children's Church". She found there in the service 
conducted by children, a very true spirit of worship. They sang 
hymns, they prayed the Lord's Prayer and then saluted the flag. 
"First God and then the flag" thought Mrs. Fletcher. She goes on 
to say that by starting every day in this lovely Chapel, the 
youngsters are learning that religion is a part of every day life - 
the American way of life. "This linking of worship with daily 
living was also the theme of the poems the children recited - in place 
of a sermon". 

In the first part of her win" ting Mrs. Fletcher states that 
the old New England Meeting houses were landmarks because they were 
at once a place of worship and a lookout for the Indians. Then she 
asks; "Does young America have a watch to keep too? Would they 
find the vision for it here in this copy of an old meeting house as 
their forefathers had done?" 



Saturday, January 30, 1943 Cloudy 

Everyone is talking about this old fashioned Winter; old 
fashioned because there has been continuous cold weather with lots 
of snow and ice. Yesterday morning we looked out to see the stone 
waiis covered to their very top stone by an all-night snow fall. 
This is always an assurance that the snow is deep andthat it will 
be necessary to plow out. Sure enough - no sooner said than done. 
The snow plow came plying back and forth - now running by the front 
of the Inn, nov»' up Dutton Road and back to the Inn. Its huge blade 
throwing mounds of snow on either side and burying the two posts 
at the entrance gate. Today we felt hibernated and understood how 
it was a century or two ago when travelling was as sketchy as it is 
todayl Suddenly a picture appeared before us which could eas ily 
have been drawn in the Howe era. It was the sight of a young woman 
walking through the snow and at her side - all hands joined - were 
three tiny children, the tiniest on the endl All were heavily 
clothed in leggings, scarfs and mittens. They trudged slowly towards 
the Inn - a low white hill making a suitable back drop for tils 
winter drama. Currier and Ives would have painted more buildings and 
sleighs and animals. The young woman with her little brood $n the 

pure white blanket was enough. 



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Sunday, January 31, 194-3 Very pleasant 

Two happy-go-lucky sailors hopped a Bus to the Inn this 
afternoon. "Want to see all there is to see" they announced. So 
they were shown the rooms, told about Longfellow and asked to 
register. One of them, Harold V. Schnidley was from Beloit, 
Wisconsin. He has quite a Museum himself. "I've picked up things 
from all over everywhere" he said. "And I have a great collection 
of coins - -nany different kinds dating irom 1780 on" Quite 
revealing, we thought. A rough appearing sailor having a genuine 
appreciation and understanding of things rare and unusual. "If you 
ever come to Beloit, loo'c me up. The coins are in my house; had 
a room built especially for them" - went on our lad in blue as he 
and his buddy partook of piping hot coffee provided by the Inn. 
Before leaving they felt verv much at home. The Inn was richer by 
two friends. 



Monday, February 1, 1943 Pleasant 

Miss Fisher attended the Burton Holmes lecture in 
Symphony Hall, Boston last Saturday afternoon. The Uiar^ has 
already mentioned the fact the Mr. Holmes was to include the Inn 
and the Mary Lamb School in his New England lecture. Therefore 
it was a teat for Miss Eisher to see the Inn portrayed on the 
screen. She reports that some very beautiful colored pictures 
were shown. She saw herself at the front door of the Inn. The 
school children delighted the audience especially. The lambs were 
also featured and wandered around in every direction. This 
brought forth a laugh from the audience and a humorous remark 
from Mr. Holmes as he quoted the lines: 

And everywhere th.t Marj went 
The lamb was sure to go - - - in 
•the other direction! 

Mr. Holmes mentioned the Inn on his program as "Mr. Eord's 
happy inspiration". 



Tuesday, February 2, 1943 Pleasant 

Dr. van Schaick of the Eraters usually provides a large 
bag or sack of peanuts for the group during their sojourn at the Inn. 
The bag is burlap and comes a few days in advance via parcel post 
from Washington, D. C. This year no peanuts, iverj mail was 
watched. "If the peanuts come, let us Know immediately" was the 
message sent to the South Sudbury postmistress. But still no peanuts , 
"Where. Oh where are the peanuts" sang the Eraters. Today they 
came - over a week late. And at the same time we received these 
instructions from Dr. John: "If the peanuts come, keep them. Let 
the Inn family eat them u x " . 



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Wednesday, February 3, 19-43 Pleaaant 

Talk everywhere is of the Peace. What will it bring? 
A new kind of automobile, new material lor your hat? Yes, of course. 
But what of Spiritual values? Will they change too? Only to 
take on a deeper meaning, we think. In the frenzy ol »iar it is 
easy to forget gardens, family affections, birds ^nd old Inns. There 
are some who think they will be lost forever. But there are others 
whose God-gi ,T en task is to stay behind and nuourish these things, 
keep them alive, '.'.'hen Peace comes gardens, birds, old Inns must be 
ready; ready to receive the hundreds who will seek them; yes even 
crave them. 



Thursday, February 4> 194-3 Cloudy, rain 

Letters are not exactly pouring in from the Praters but 
there have been several. Dr. Etz writes that it is difficult to 
find a new way to say^thank you. Even though he has to say it in 
the same old words, his appreciation is very sincere. "In days like 
these, the Retreat serves all of us as a period of spiritual recreation, 
from which we can go back to our usual tasks with new vision and 
courage." Dr. Kapp from way up in Northern New York writes: "In spite 
of saying "thank you" on the ground and face to face, it always seems 
as if it must be said again and again in order to measure even 
partially the gratitude one feels for having the privileges of the 
Inn and its whole spiritual meaning* , Think, of me in the cold, snowy 
vastness of the north country dreaming of hours by the tap room fire". 



Friday, February 5, 1943 Pleasant 

A Mr. Feus til has dropped in several times; once to stay 
overnight, he comes from Des Moines, Iowa and travels for the 
International Harvester Company. Tonight he was on his way from 
Nashua, New Hampshire to Worcester. "Thought I'd get some Mary 
Lamb books for the wife" he said. He bought six, then stayed for 
dinner . 

a poem of Longfellow's appeared in the Boston Post this 
morning. It is an unfamiliar one. At least we have not seen it 
before. It is called "Woods in Winter" une verse is ths: 

"O'er the bare upland, and away 

Through the long reach of desert woods, 
The embracing sunbeams chastely p}ay, 
And gladden these deep solitudes." 



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Saturday, February 6, 1943 Rain and sleet 

A return visit from Ensign Kryder and Sally iiarkin today 
disclosed their wedding plans. Miss Larkin's parents came too. The 
four arrived this afternoon to stay overnight, ftight away there was 
talk of the wedding; who would be invited and how many; lists were 
made. The wedding is to take j^lace in April at the home of the 
bride in Derby, New York. In the meantime Ensign Kryder is stationed 
in Boston. "This is a lovely place for us to meet and discuss the 
wedding plans" said Mrs. Larkin and all agreed. 



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Sunday, February 7, 1943 Cloudy 

The hostesses noticed two young women today trying hard 
to keep back the tears. One oi' them spoke as she was leaving the 
Inn with her husband, an Ensign. "Its such a changing World" she 
mumbled, then nearly broke down. "But the War news is better today", 
suggested the hostess. Still the young woman could not be consoled. 
"I know" she said, "but we still have the Japanese". The other 
woman was from California. She came with a gentleman friend - 
apparently not her husband. In the Parlor the tears appeared; our 
guest was sobbing. She stood with her back turned, then in a few 
minutes faced her friend quite composed. The reason? he don't 
know. Our guess is that some loved one is in the armed forces far 
away. 

Dinner guests today included in one party - 3 Colonels, 
3 Captains and 2 lieutenants.. 



Monday, February 8, 1943 Very pleasant 

Floyd Noyes a graduate of the Boys School in L942 jojced 
about his address. "Some people tlink the address will a ive them 
writer's cramp before they even start a letter" he said. This is 
it: 

Floyd Noyes H A l/c 

U. S. Fleet Air, wing Nine 

Headquarters Squadron 

Admistrative Command 

Naval Air Base 

Quonset Point, Rhode Island 

bo another address was added to $pur list yesterday. This 
means that we will try to keep in touch with Floyd by sending a card 
or writing a letter once in a while. Miss Fisher carries on quite 
a voluminous correspondence with our boys. When they have "leave" 
they come to show us their uniforms and to tell of military life - 
which by the way seems to be agreeing with every one of them. In the 
case of Floyd Noyes he has found his niche in life as a hospital 
attendant, he has discovered a liking for medical work and hopes 
eventually to become a feel fledged pharmacist. 

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Tuesday, February 4, 1943 Pleasant 

A Navy man and his wife arrived on the 11 o'clock bus this 
morning. There were off again on the 12 o'clock bus. Just an hour 
to see the house. "We're from the west coast and have never seen 
anything of this sort before" said the tall, boyish Ensign as he 
looked though the rooms. Both©*- wereinterested and hope to come back 
someday. 



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Wednesday, February 10, 1943 Partly cloudy 

Nine ladies from Sudbury, all living in the same 
naighborhood, came to the Inn for luncheon this noon. The person 
in charge was Leona Johnston Johnson, years ago a Summer time 
hostess of the Inn. Leona is married and the mother of two lovely 
children. All seemed to enjoy a meal "out" and remarked several times 
on the "good food". 



Thursday, .February 11, 1943 Pleasant 

Our nice neighbor Mrs. Gross brought two guests for 
luncheon this noon. 

The morning Herald announces the election of Dr. E. Parker 
Hayden as President of the New England Grenfell Association. Dr. 
Hayden is one of Professor Schell's group - which group, by the way, 
has given up meeting here this Winter on account of the gasoline 
situation . Dr. Hayden also comes to the Inn once in a while for 
luncheon and about four years ago spent several days here. He is one 
of the best looking men we know and a very capable Boston surgeon. 



Friday, February 12, 1943 Pleasant 

Sucfi mx interesting afternoon! ivrom Loup, Nebraska came 
a lovely elderly couple, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Waite - he with a 
thorough knowledge of Abraham Lincoln. This being Lincoln's Birthday 
it was indeed appropriate when Mr. Waite spoke with such feeling 
about our great President. . . "the greatest man America has ever 
known" he said. "He saved our Union twice". Then he went on to tell 
of other Presidents and had evidently made a study of each and every 
one from Washington down. We asked Mr. Waite to talk about Lincoln 
to our school children who were having a dancing lesson in the Ball 
room. "I'm too old and too bashful to do it" he said. But the 
children surely missed a treat. Next came two fine looking chaps 
from the Australian Royal Air .force. Charming, gentlemanly boys were 
these. They had just come from the West coast and are in Boston for 
a very short time. "I remember all those verses you recited from 
Longfellow" said the more serious of the two "and I want to read them 
over when I return home". They left with a gay "Cheerio"! 

Other afternoon guests were "show people" playing in a 
Boston Night Cxub and three business men who said "We've been by here 
hundreds of times and this is the first time we've stopped.". 



Saturday, February 13, 1943 Snow 

Just as tiny snow flakes began to fall this noon time 
Mrs. Cutting and her son from Sudbury arrived for luncheon. Mrs. 
Cutting was carrying some little lavender blossoms in her hand. 
"I brought you some crocus blossoms" she announced and told us that 
they were in bloom outside a cellar window. 



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Sunday, February 14, 1943 Very cold 

About U o' clock this afternoon the temperature started 
to go down - and down it went to about 20 below zero. Twenty 
below is conservative. It was reported 35 degrees below during 
the night. Army and Navy people who were here lor dinner today 
minded the cold very much. They stamped their feet and ran 
up and down the road while waiting lor a Bus. An overnight couple, 
Ensign and Mrs. Pardee, were thrilled with the snow. He was born 
and brought up in California and had never seen the snow fall. He 
had seen it from a distance on mountain tops, but never falling in 
flakes through the air. 



Monday, February 15, 194-3 Very, very cold 

Stil}. very cold. The thermometer registered 10 degrees 
below zero at 11 o'clock this morning and continued the same 
through the noon hours. A lone man arrived on the Bus and stayed 
for luncheon. He went out-of-doors several times to take pictures 
but came back in after a few minutes "to get warm". In the aiter- 
noon we saw a lovely lady. . Ilona Massey, an actress who is 
appearing at the current "Follies" in Boston. She came with friends 
for dinner. She has a fascinating beauty; shining gold hair and 
blue eyes, under a soft blue and rose "fascinator" tied loosely 
over her head, she was a picture. In fact Miss Massey does play in 
moving pictures. She spoke softly and .vith a foreign accent. "I 
remember many of these old things in my Grandmother's house" she 
said - "but here they are different, they are all American". 
Miss Massey was born in Austria, played in the Vienna Opera House 
and came to this country in 1937. 



Tuesday, February 16, 1943 Cold 

Every year Mrs. Charles P. Gorely, Secretary of the 
Wedgwood Club sends us a copy of "Old Wedgwood" the Club's annual 
publication. This is a very valuable booklet, nicely put together 
with a Wedgwood blue paper cover. This year there are more pictures 
and as usual, lots of enlightening facts about Josiah Wedgwood 
and his pottery. For instance, fine pictures of Stirrup cups. One 
in the form of a fox's head and another in the form of a hare's 
head. This leads to the question "What were stirrup cups and their 
use?" Mrs. Gorely explains that in England and Scotland in early 
times it was the custom to offer a "stirrup cup" of wine or ale 
to the arriving guest before he could take his feet from the stirrups 
and to the departing guest after he had mounted his horse at the 
entrance of the house. In one case the drink was offered to restore 
strength after an exhausting ride on horseback and in the other it 
prepared the rider for the long journey back. 



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Vtednesday, February 17, 1943 Warmer 

The whereabouts of Miss Leola Scheips, former nurse 
at the Ford Hospital became known today when we received a letter 
from her. 

"Have been sent out here (Bainbridge, Maryland) 
as chief nurse to open a new Hospital Corps 
School where we are to train 600 men every 6 
weeks to go out to care lor men at sea. ... 
If you can visualize 1,300 acres of barracks set 
in red clay (mud at present) you have a picture 
of Bainbridge .... I shall need the spirits 
of '76 and Florence Nightingale to see me through 
this deal." 



It will be remembered that Miss Scheips was stationed 
at the Chelsea (Mass.) Naval Hospital during the Fall months and 
spent Thanksgiving Day here. 



Thursday, February 18, 1943 Pleasant 

Today we had to bid farewell to another Wayside School 
boy, on his way back to Camp Hood, Texas. He is Jimmie Poulas. 
Jimmie is in a Tank Destroyer outfit and is more than enthusiastic 
about it. On the slightest suggestion he will go into all the 
technicalities of Tank warfare. 7.e asked how the boys in general 
like Army life. "Some get along alright and some don't" said 
Jimmie - "but any graduate of our school (Wayside ) would make the 
grade. Any boy from here when given an order would obey it" 
Jimmie was here in the Fall on leave and this time has had a two 
weeks furlough. Perhaps he will be on his way to Africa soon. If 
he were here, he would add - "I hope so". 



Friday, February 19, 1943 Pleasant 

Travelogue 

In seventeen - forty 

n. sedan chair; 

In eighteen-ninety 

A carriage and pair; 

In nineteen- thirty 

a taxi fare. 

But in 'forty- two 

It's "Shanks 's mare" 

From - London upinion 



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Saturday, February 20, 1943 Pleasant 

Dr. and Mrs. Charles F. Walcott of Cambridge telephoned 
for reservations to stay the week-end. They came by trolley and 
Bus arriving at 7 o'clock this evening. They are young, with 
two small children. Both need a rest - Mrs. Walcott from the 
children and Dr. Walcott from telephones. "I don't care about 
myself" said Mrs. Walcott, "but it is a great thing to get the doctor 
away" . 



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bunday, February 21, 1943 Warm 

The weather has changed suddenly and we are enjoyin b 
a few bpring-like days. Travelling is easier than for sometime 
with the exception of a few mud patches and deep puddles. The 
snow is disappearing rapidly. The day brought forth quite a 
number of guests. The telephone rang at an early hour and the 
following conversation ensued. 

Voice: "Do you permit dancing at the 
Wayside Inn on Sunday?" 

Answer: "No, we do not." 

Voice: "Don't you ever have dancing 
at the Wayside Inn?" 

answer: "Yes, we have old fashioned 
dancing every Friday for 
our school children". 

Voice: "Oh, hello' - This is Mr. Bowker 
in Worcester I" 

Our friends the Bowker si Mr. Bowker just having a little 
fun and telephoning to say that he and Mrs. Bowker would come down 
for dinner via Bus. As we have noted before, the Bus trip from 
the Bowkers house to the Inn takes about 2 hours each way. But they 
came as did other old friends including Mr. and Mrs. Bryant from 
Brookline. There were also several "new" groups consisting of Army 
and Navy people. A party of six registered from five different states, 
Florida, Illinois, Rhode Island, California and Oregon. 



Monday, February 22, 1943 Warm 

Emma made some nice Washington pies for the holiday and 
several guests came to partake of them, a party of four stayed late 
in the evening to look through the house. They were fifom 
Pennsylvania and very much interested. And speaking of Emma and 
George Washington's Birthday, it is apropos to quote an item which 
appeared in all Virginia papers in the Winter of 1789. 

"A Cook - - Is wanted for the family of 
the President of the United States. No 
one need apply who is not perfect in the 
business and c^n bring undubitable 
testimonials of sobriety, honesty and 
attention to the duties of the station." 

This advertisement ran for more than two months before a 
suitable cook was found ana engaged lor Washington ' s family. 



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Tuesday, February 23, 1943 

Very warm 

The Misses Walsh, sisters of Senator David I. Walsh of 
Massachusetts stopped in for dinner this evening. The Senator is 
a bachelor and makes his home with his two sisters in Clinton 
about 20 miles from here. Vi'e quite frequently see the sisters but 
almost never the Senator. V\ie are told that he comes from 
Washington to Clinton almost every week-end. He is a man of long 
and distinguished service in the Senate and is on the Naval Affairs 
Committee. 



Vsednesday, February 24, 1943 Pleasant 

Every year Dr. vanSchaick writes an account of the hay- 
side Inn Ministers Retreat. It appears in the Christian Leader 
magazine of which he is the Editor. This years report is as good 
as ever and well worth reading. Space forbids quoting more than 
the last two paragraphs. 

"On the basis of my twenty years' contact with the 
Inn and ..ith the retreat, I wondered what Etz with his thirty 
years or Perkins with his forty years thought as they looked 
up and down the long table and saw the youthful faces. The 
break that we used to talk about as inevitable has come. The 
founding fathers and other early members have gone away. As 
always in such things it is one by one, but it all adds up - 
in churches, in clubs, on college faculties, in every 
human institution. The personnel is completely changed in 
time, but the color of the institution remains, something is 
handed down. Old worn-out VVoollcott politely passes a note 
to the chairman that he is ill, ana without a sound that 
millions at their radios can detect, he is helped out to die, 
but the broadcast doesn't stop. "The play must go on." 

So must it be with our churches, with our noble 
institutions of learning or healing or other service, with 
our country. Only before we pass up our note to the chairman 
and drop out, we do want, do we not? to do a little something 
to make the pilgrimage safer and better because we have 
journeyed too." 



Thursday, .February 25, 19-43 Pleasant 

Thirty- two nurses, graduates of the Marlboro Hospital 
were dinner guests this evening. Their table, in U shape, was 
decorated, with three boaruets of red, white ana blue; calla xilies, 
roses, bachelor buttons, borne of the ladies, officers of the 
association, wore gardenias. After dinner a picture of the group 

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Thursday, February 25 - continued 

was taken in the large Ball-room. Then they gathered 
in the Bar-room for a trip through the house. This lasted 
'till a late hour when all bid farewell. Many expressions of 
appreciation were heard in praise of a good dinner ana a good time. 



Friday, February 26, 1943 Pleasant 

Every little word from Wayside Inn friends at a distance 
is welcomed; especially in these days when daily guests are coming 
in lesser numbers. Consequently we watch the mail with re-newea 
interest. Here is a letter from a sailor or one Trom a teacher. 
Today a note came in large childish handwriting. It reads as follows 



Dear Mr. bennott: 

In school we are studying about 
Wayside Inn. We are reading the Book by 
Longfellow. 

I am sending ten cents. I thought 
that maybe you could send me a souvenir 

from the V; ay side Inn. 

borne boys in our school made some 
signs which they looked like the sign on 
the Red Horse Inn. They made the signs 
in our Manual training Room. 

The girls and boys are making air- 
planes of different countries For the 
Navy and Army. 

Thank you very much. 

Sincerely yours, 

Dorothy Millar 



Saturaday, February 27, 1943 Pleasant 

a light snow fell during the night and laid a soft white 
blanket over the graves in Mount Auburn Cemetery. It made the 
path which leads to Longfellow's last resting r lace perfectly smooth. 
Tiny diamonds glittered everywhere in the sunshine of early morning. 
At 11 o'clock not a single person had disturbed the peacefulness and 
quietness which reigned around the poet's grave on this - his 
Birthday. There was evidence, however, of one solitary visitor. 

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The tracks of a small wild animal had crossed the 
path directly in front of the tomb-stone. They made a 
straight line to the very grave. This visitation probably 
took place at day-break before the sun was up and would 
have delighted Longfellow. He loved nature, every tiny beast 
of field or forest. We disliked to intrude. Quickly but with 
gentleness a Wreath was laid there, half against the stone and 
half resting in the snow. It too suggested the out-of-doors j 
nature unspoiled. It was made of natural growing greens 
gathered from the - - 



" - - - region of repose it seems 
A place of slumber and of dreams" 



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Sunday, February <i3, 19-43 Pleasant 

ies ji s mmier bourists lingered id the Inn 
toda} as we entertained Phil Merriman. Phil was formerly a Tauck 
Tour conductor. Vie fay; think of him _~ bhe >ne who brought - 
biru's nest to the "teacher" in the Mary Lamb Schoo 

y. And he aJ } iends ^ card at Christmas bii 
LJ lives ii ford, r ticut, and is now 
the Pratt y Company. He is 

from the heart about comi] \ re. "Gee, it's goou t° L - >" 
said, ana promised to coi a another weekend when his turn co. 
around again to be "off" i ird „ nigh,t. He lel£ with us a 
clipping entitled, "Restaurant Scene - j.v^.3". Here are one or 
.as from it; 

Customer: I see you have a choice of sou r ~. 

liter: No choice; just a risk, We i j ive it or 
} not. 

Customer; Is the tomato soup can] 

leer: I sho Id sa,, not. If you want canned 
soup it's 15? extra . 



Monday, march 1, 1943 Pleasant 

The women i'o±& of a lovely ed in to- 

j . The men are in the War, father and son, hue the mother m 
cheeriux arm the two daughters were pz-ouu as they told about, their 
father, a high ran*cin & officer. "He's been sent to South Caroainu , 
so we are trailing alter him," they said. On the way south these 
three are stopping at all the points of interest, the mother ex- 
plaining that the iras, oi' coaxege age, may never come this i 
Ln. Their home is in Pennsylvania. 



Tuesd ly , larch *., 1943 Cloudy 

A smart, modestly aresseu little in 

with her daughter Tor lunch this noon. "Mother 
out in Indiana," explained tue daughter, "and sue is visiting 
for a week. I wanted her to staj longer , but she thinks i>he 
must b et bacK. home to look after the pigs*" mother takes care of 
the chickens, too, and this summer expects to run a large garden. 

. lost her husband several years ago ana since then the children 
have grown up, married and moved away with the exception of one 
boj who heaps with the farm. Mother enjoyed the inn but we lelt 
all the time that her interest was oacx home counting « 00 s or 
planning bhe spring planting. 



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Wednesday, March j, 1943 snow 

The Imi served as a place oi cheer ana entertain- 
ment Tor a lonely woman this noon time. She came with a friend who 
hau brought her here hoping to divert h .r mind from her son, eight- 
enn years old, who had just lei't 1'or service in the Navy, *rom 
here the frienu planned to visit the "Garuen in the i.oous", anoth- 
er place ol interest iii Suuoury. 



Thursday , ^arch 4, 1943 Pleasant 

Old Man Winter has made his appearance again ana 
as usual he brought snow and cold weather. But the days are longer 
and longer and this afternoon we could hardly realize that the sun 
could De so bright at 4*30 o'clock. Our ^uests left at that til 
They came Tor luncheon quite late, and then sta; -o see the 
house ana look at overnight guest rooms. They registered as Mr. 
and Mrs. Kowall from GuilTord, Maine and were very enthusiastic 
about the Inn. Several times they mentioned the fact that it . 
not over-pe stored. And several times while sitting before the open 
fire the;, converesed in French. They tola us about their farm in 

:ie. "To come to see us some time," saia *"r. Kowall$"but come 
in haying time, please, so you can help!" 



Friday, March 5» 1943 Clo 

A ^rou^ of interesting people naa dinner this 
evening anu later spent quite a while in the ball room watching 
the dancing which they came on purpose to see. Mr. and Ji rs. Robert 
C. Elliott ana their young daughter i'rom Dan Francisco brought 
with them two Tine, intelligent looking Chinese, Mr. and Mrs. 
Raymond Chan. lie were told thej had not been married very long 
and were going oack to China very soon, nast year Mr. and Mrs. 
Elliott haa attended one oi' Mr. Haynes classes in Jld fashioned 
dancing at the Harvard Faculty Ciuo so tonight the boys and girls 
were put throu h their paces. The guests were very enthusiastic 
and applauded almost every dance. 



Saturday, March 0, 1943 More snow 

Just two people Tor lunch today, as usual, the 
Cutttings from Sudbury. Both mother and son seem to enjoy everj 
Saturday their quiet chat over the luncheon table, and tod 
didn't at all. mind the snow which haa been Tailing steadily all 
morning. 

Verj late at night a young mi nd his wife 
drove wearily up to the door to spend the night, what was left of 
it, that is. 'iiy that time the snow had turned into a downpour of 
rain ana the streets were running rivers of water, hence the de- 
lay. Thev were deeply grateful to find ^ere the tradition. 
warmth anu shelter from the storm. 



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Sunday, March 7, 1943 Very cold 

Yesterday's storm bringing cold weather ana snow 
was not conducive to travelling. Consequently the Sunday 
business was slow. A few old friends ventured out and we 
were pleased to see Mr. and Mrs. Fay of Marlboro and 
Mr. Hooker and Mrs. Bowers from Framingham. Overnight guests, 
Ensign and Mrs. E. A. Lamer, were planning to stay over 
until tomorrow. Some difficulty in starting their car, however, 
persuaded them to return to Cambridge this afternoon. 



Monday, March 8, 1943 Cold 

Eight or ten pheasants have been taking their meals 
this Winter in the back yard near the kitchen door. But they 
are nervous erect tures. They tilt their heads in every 
direction while pecking at some delectable morsel. At the 
slightest foreign sound, they hop into the air and half-hojj 
and half- fly away. Today for the first time, one of the 
pheasant family felt confidence enough to come near the house 
and for several minutes stood unaerneath the dining room 
window. Those fortunate enough to see him given a treat. 
They exclaimed over the gorgeous display of feathers. 



Tuesday, March 9, 1943 mer 

^gain Mr. J. B. Coffinberry, business man from 
Larchmont, New York stopped over for a nights lodging. He 
is the spic and span, alert and quic£-actin 6 type of person. 
Too, he enjoys the quiet and liesurely atmosphere of the Inn. 



Wednesday, March 10, 1943 Pleasant 

Nothing of special interest occurred today. Old 
friends came for Luncheon j Mrs. Oxnam and Mrs. btidger. 
Both are wives of men prominent in the Methodist Church. 
Mrs. btidger.is the wife of William l. stidger of Bos tor- 
University and Mrs. Oxnam the wife of Bishop Oxnam. 



Thursday, March 11, 1943 Pleasant 

A very nice elderly couple came lor lunch ana 
remarked on the Hessian Andirons. Then they spoke about 
other pieces of old iron. "I'm like Paul Kevere myself" said 
Mr. Leach - and told us that he has a shop where he works and 
putters with iron things. A few holes in the vest of his 
suit were evidence that he had just come from working in his 
Laboratory. "Yes and its his best suit" said Mrs. Leach. t*e 



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Thursday, March 11 - continued 

should like to have gleaned more information about this modern 
Paul Revere, but he expressed a desire to sit before the open 
fire and "dream". This wish was respected und our guest sat long 
into the afternoon undisturbed except lor the cheery crackle of 
burning logs. 



Friday, March 12, 19-43 Pleasant 

Very interesting overnight guests have arrived. They 
are ^Tanning to stay a week or two. A mother and son - Mrs. 
Dorothy Archibald and Christopher Archibald. They have 
regisLered from London, iiigland. Christopher attends I^xeter 
Adademy in New Hampshire and is just now recovering from Virus 
Pneumonia. He is a fine looking chap with a typical Jinglish 
complexion; rosy cheeks, fair skin and blond hair. His mother 
is striking in appearance and dresses in the typical English 
manner. Mr. Archibald, father and husband, is attached to the 
British Information Service in New York. Tomorrow Mrs. Archibald 
will lecture on Britain at a large meeting in Boston. Mother and 
son are ae voted to each other. They are unusually companionable 
and talk together for hours at a time. They have their cup of 
tea every afternoon. 



Saturday, March 13, 1943 Pleasant 

The Inn was favored today by a visit from Mr. Warren J. 
Doolittle of New Haven, Connecticut. He is a keen little person 
with a clear bright mind and a twinkle in his eye. His hair is 
snow white, First of ail he told us that he had graduated from 
Berea College, Kentucky, in 1891. Then he mentioned William 
^yon Phelps as a personal friend. Suddenly he quoted from the 
Tales of a mayside Innj an unfamiliar passage. After a while we 
learned that for twenty-five years, Mr. Doolittle taught manual 
training in the Public Schools of New Haven. He also worked in 
iron. Coming back after a walk to the Mill, Mr. Doolittle gave 
a very nice expression to his thoughts about our grey stone 
building with its huge red «heel - "You know, some folks can 
worship as they stand before a beautiful church building. The 
very building inspires them and they feel reverent. I felt the 
same way as I stood in front of the Mill". 



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Sunday, March 14, 1943 Very pleasant 

A pleasant day, suggestive of Spring, brought 
many guests to the Inn; the largest number in a long time. 
Among them were several Naval officers from the Harvard 
University training school. They were fine looking fellows 
and generally very smart. One in particular today, absorbed 
an unusual amount of information regarding the Inn. 



Monday, March 15, 1943 Pleasant 

Christopher Archibald was around the house all day 
long. He is the boy from London who attends Exeter Academy and 
is just noY/ recuperating from Virus Pneumonia. His Mother 
spent the day in Boston. Consequently Crhistopher was left to 
his own devices and chose to tell us of his experiences at an 
American school. He compared American schools with English 
schools. He talked about the War and has considerable Knowledge 
of economic conditions in all the War-ing countries. "I only 
hope Joe doesn't reach Berlin before we do" he said.. . meaning 
ofcourse Joseph Stalin. At four o'clock this typical Britisher 
asked for tea and he likes it with plain milkj no cream or 
lemon. Later he went for a short walk looking i'or pussy willows. 
Supper time ana he sat in the dining room alone. Evening found 
him curled on the sofa with a book. Thus passed a quiet day 
for a young Inn guest. 



Tuesday, March 16, 1943 tfain all day 

A letter came today from a 7/ayside Inn bride living 
in Florida. She was formerly Eleanor Garfield and now 
Mrs. C. R. Ferguson. She was married last October in the Martha- 
Mary Chapel and writes thusly: "fiy husband and I are very , 
very happy. Yes, we are thankful for every day together." The 
groom is a Yeoman 1st class in the Navy. The letter continues 
by thanking us for the assistance and helpful suggestions "which 
made our wedding day complete". 



Wednesday, March 17, 1943 Rain, sleet 

Altho' Spring is only a week away, Old Man Winter lingers 
on. Today is the second day of an ice storm which has made 
travelling either on foot or wheels a very dangerous undertaking. 
Inside the house there were cheery fires to give warth and comfort. 
The Inn family together with the houseguests, spent the day 
quietly; Miss Fisher working on Inventory and Miss staples among the 
historical records. The Archibalds read, wrote letters and talked. 
Every now and then someone peered out a window and exclaimed over 
the beauty of the storm bending pine brances and frosting all the 
trees with sparkling ice. 



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Thursday, March 18, 194-3 Pleasant 

The Bowkers from Worcester and Mr. and Mrs. Jenks from 
Wellesley were here today - old and welcome friends. Mr. Bowker 
showed us one of the new pennies, small like a ten-cent piece. 

Mr. Archibald rode horseback at the Millwood Hunt Club 
over the hill in Framingham Center. 



Friday, March 19, 194-3 Cloudy, rain 

A fancy lapel pin on a womans coat inspired three ladies 
to come to the Inn this ai'ternoon. The pin, being in the shape 
of a lamb reminded one member oi the party of the Mary Lamb School 
house. "Have you ever seen it?" she asked her iriend. when the 
reply was "No2 it was suggested that the afternoon be spent here. 
After a visit through the house the troup had tea, then rode to 
their point of destination, the Mary Lamb School house. 



Saturday, March 20, 1943 Pleasant 

when England was first threatened with invasion it will 
be remembered that several hundred British children were sent to 
the United States for safe keeping. Welcoming those assigned to 
the Eastern Area v/ere Mr. and Mrs. iialph Barrow. They had charge 
of placing 250 children in foster homes. Today they visited one 
of their charges in Sudbury. Afterwards they came to the Inn for 
luncheon. They are a kindly couple and their work has been thrilling 
and uplifting. "But you have no idea what it means to come to a 
place as restful as this", they said. In reply to the question as 
to whether their British children were happy in this country, Mr. 
Barrow said that in practically every case the plan had worked out 
satisfactorily. He finds that the youngsters liketo be near the 
ocean rather than inland. One little girl wrote home - "Just 
thin, Mominie, only the Atlantic ocean separates us I" 



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Sunaay, March 21, 19- Pleasant 

a guest was discovered this afternoon whose mother 

worked for Ole Bull. Her' name Was Mary Shine said sue came from 

Ireland when a girl. Our guest said that she iivcu to be 

93 j ears old and died around Christmas tine in 19-42. 

Thirty-or - counted in the dining room 

this noon timej not in one group but among several groups. Most 
of the - by Bus from Cambridge. 



Monday, March 22, 1. Pleasant 

House guests, more than others are inclined to con- 
fide about persona^ affairs. It is natural of course. They 
are the first to be served in the morning and the last at night. 
More especially ao v;e know those who come time -iter time and 
at least tv/o or three times a year. The Stillmans from 
Westerly, Rhode Island for instance or Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kin 
from New Canaan, Connecticut. The latter were here ior the 
week-end and tou j ;k from a Boston shopping trip full of 
excitement, and interest in a new writst watch. Years _.n 
Mr. King was a student at the Mass. Institute of Technology he 
used to pass the expensive jewelry store of Shreeve, Crump and 
Low. Som j ■ he said to himself, I wane to buy something nice 
in that store. Tou 3 3 the day. Mr. King chose for Mrs. King 
a hand-made wrist watch encircled with diamonds. 



Tuesday, March 23 > 1943 Pleasant 

Mr. Pope, luncheon guest, called bac*. to us as he .. 
leaving: "I live in the house at Manchester, where 
Longfellow wrote "The Wreck of the Hesperus". 

Mrs. M. iV. Strickland of Waban entertained a party of 
six at dinner tonight. 



Wednesday, March 24 , 1943 Cloudy 

a copy of "The Characters in Tales of a Wayside Inn" 
found its way out to Seaman, Ohio at Christmas time, according to 
a letter from Mrs. L. M. Burgess. Mrs* Burgess says that she 
received the book as a Christmas gift. Now she wants to read the 
Tales of a Wayside Inn and can't find a copy in the whole town 
of Seaman! bo this country woman writes: "I'm wondering if ^ou 
have any - <*n inexpensive copy of the "Tales" - paper b ill be 
satisfactory". 



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Thursday, Marchi^, 1943 Pleasant 

Late this afternoon the Bus stopped una left here one 
of its passengers, a Mr. C. W. Hooker of Roanoke, Virginia. 
"I was in Worcester" said Mr. Hooker "so thought I'd better come to 

this place. He u about it." Mr. Hooper ordered dinner 
then spent a half hour in walking to the Ch rid bchoolhouse. 
Eefore eating ther< to see the Old Kitchen and 

Lor of the Inn. He told us that he had visited Botsford Tavern, 
Dearborn .Inn and Greenfield Village. Then he sopke proudly of 
Viilliamsburg in his own native state. After dinner while getting 
ready to take the Bus, Mr. Hooper expressed sincere and genuine 

reciation of an "interesting evening". 



Friday, March 26, 194-3 Pleasant, warm 

Two British seamen v/ere brought to the Inn this afternoon 
b} a lady from Concord. I hey went through the house and afterwards 
enjoyed a cup of tea. One of the bo^s was a burly fellow vsfith 
reddish hair - a first class Seaman, while the other was a meek little 
man, a Petty officer. Both seemed a bit sad and we tried our best 
to cheer them. The tea apparently made a difference. Smiles red 
as they emerged from the dining room. 



Saturday, March «_7, 1943 Cloudy 

The morning was spent in taking care of the little ger- 
aniums in each window of the down-stairs rooms. Their leaves were 
given a gooa shower , and the dirt arouna the roots i - turned. 
Now they are enjoying the warmth of a opring sun after the long, 
hard winter. They, like the rest of us, have found difficulty in 
constantly changing temperatures and severe cola weather. It won't 
be long, however, before they will be carried out-of-doors for the 
Summer. We hope, before leaving and around faster time that each 
one will display a rea or pink bibs so. . 



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Sunday, March 28, 1943 Very pleasant 

This bright, warm day with plenty oi sunshine brought 
forth many guests. At noon time a family group of ten celebrated 
the homecoming of a navy son and brother. In the late al'ternoon 
Mrs. Kileen from Worcester brought 21 girl scouts to be shown 
through the house after which a Sunday night supper was served on 
the jjorch. Among other s uests were a middle aged man and wife who 
walked over from Concord, a distance of 12 miles. They had dinner 
and walked back. 



Monday, March 29, 194-3 Very pleasant, cold 

Yesterday's Boston Post has a feature article which tells 
about legalized lotteries. These flourished in Massachusetts through 
most of the 18th century and were numerous until 1826. As a matter 
of fact, Lotteries were then popular all over the country; the 
Louisana .Lottery was probably the most famous. Cergymen, business men, 
educators and bankers participated in this way of raising money. The 
Post article describes the various purposes for which the money was 
spent; poor widows, the Duilding of bridges and monuments. .For instance, 
the Washington Monument in the Nation's Capitol was the result of a 
famous lottery. Educational institutions such as Harvard College and 
Dartmouth College, benefitted. Finally we learn that a Lottery was 
conducted in this very hostelry, the Wayside Inn, in the year 1760. 
The writer says that the purpose of the wayside Inn lottery is not 
immediately apparent, but the records show that one was definately run 
here during the time of Ezekiel Howe's proprietor-ship. This is a lead 
to further research and we hope that more can be learned about this 
interesting bit of Wayside Inn history. Our records show that Ezekiel 
was the most prosperous of the Howe landlords. During his regime, 1746- 
1796 several additional acres of land were acquired. He did a 
flourishing Inn business. And when the Revolutionary "War came, bzekiel 
as a Colonel, led two Sudbury companies to the Concord fight. 



Tuesday, March 30, 1943 Cloudy 

Delightful overnight guests arrived late this atternoon from 
New York. They were Mr. and Mrs. ft. H. alles; he a retired professor of 
English in a New York university and she a very bright, young appearing 
lady who was born and brought up in the state of Maine. They were on 
their way to Pemiquid Point, a rocky light-house point on the Maine 
coast. Here they spend their Summers and expect now to make it an all 
year round residence. They told of a Coast Guard station there and the 
numbers of men who are in training. "I'm hoping we can do our bit towards 

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Tuesday March 30 - continued 

entertaining them" said Mrs. Alles who is a professional "reader". 
She axso said that Mr. Alles would give lectures on Shakespeare. And 
speaking of meat rationing Mrs. Alles said that she really enjoyed working 
out a limited food schedule and added that if need be she can always 
go out to her front yard and catch a fish! 



Wednesday, March 31, 194-3 Cloudy^ rain 

Overnight guests tonight were two young ladies not many years 
beyond their 'teens. They are studying to be nurses at a Boston 
institution. One of them, Miss Mary Louise Holsworth registered from 
Plymouth, Michigan; the other Miss Janice Crittenden is from Erie, 
Pennsylvania. When asked about Plymouth, Michigan, Miss Holsworth told 
us that she knows Mr. ana Mrs. Ed Cutler and their children. 



Thursday, April 1, 194-3 Pxeasant 

The morning ^aper gives a good account of a meeting of the 
Massachusetts Real Estate Brokers' Board held last evening in a Boston 
hotel. Speakers included Governor Saltonstall and Professor Walter C. 
Voss of the Mass. Institute of Technology. Toastmaster for the occasion 
was Mr. Charles W. Bowker of Worcester - our Saturday night dinner 
guest. Mr. Bowker is pictured in the paper seated oeside the Governor. 



Friday, April 2, 1943 Pleasant 

Week-end guests arrived today; two different groups and both 
stepping off the 5 o'clock bus this afternoon. They were Mrs. Millard H. 
Jenks and son Kimball and Mrs I. Ilbert with her son, Robin. Mrs. Jenks 
is the wife of the President of St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York 
while Mrs. Ilbert is an English woman who was in this country on a visit 
"■•hen War broke out. She and Robin haven't been able to return to their 
home. Therefore they are making the best of their time in America. 
Mrs. Ilbert is working in the office of the Russian Relief while Robin 
attends school. All four uests are hers for rest and relaxation from 
strenuous War-time duties. 



Saturday, April 3, 1943 Pleasant, cold 

The Revolutionary musket with its promise by Ephraim Smith to 
return the gun to the town of Sudubry'if not lost in battle, was explained 
to a guest tnis afternoon. "That custom of making a soldier give a 
receipt for military equipment prevailed at the time of the first Worla 
War" the gentleman said. He told us that in 1913 he was an American officer 
in the Air Corps, ks such he had to give a receipt for all equipment 
used in his squadron. He signed for an airplane which was unfortunately 
smashed up. Some years later, much to his surprise, he received a bill 
from the U. S. government for - One airpj.ane, $7,000. 



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Wednesday, April 7, 1943 Pleasant, cold 

Winter nights usually entice the popping of corn, but 
when April 1st comes along the corn popper and shelled corn are 
put away for the season. Tonight, however, they were brought out 
again when two .Little girls, Inez and Sylvia, needed enter tainment. 
Toasting marshmallows was suggested. Then someone brought in the 
corn. The girls knew how to do it and the hostess helped. In the 
meantime father and mother were entertaining friends by showing 
them around the Inn. 

Seven from Framingham enjoyed a Birthday party in the 
dining room this evening. 



Thursday, April 8, 1943 Cold 

It seems trite to talk about the weather, but the 
weather these days is the moot taxked about subject. The question 
is asked frequently, "Isn't it cold?" Yes, it is cold and day 
after day a cold wind has kept everyone in heavy winter coats and 
furs. Lots of wind and very little sun. The lilac buds are making 
a brave effort to come foih and one or two of the crocus in the 
garden are in bud. The snow drops beneath the kitchen window ha>ee 
made their annual showing. But most of nature is waiting for full 
sunny days before appearing in Spring attire. Someone reported 
hearing the frogs in their first evening concert but added that 
instead of their usual lively peep tones, their voices were hoarse 
and throaty I 



Friday, April 9, 1943 Pleasant 

Mr. Lawrence F. fowling told today about his father who 
worked beside Thomas Edison as a telegrapher at 195 Broadway, N. Y. 
He said that his father often recalled an amusing story about Mr. 
Edison. JVhen he was working on his experiments and concentrating on 
his work »«. "seldom let outside matters interfere. Such was the 
case on the evening when he was to be married .M< Edison had told his 
fellow workers of his plans, but on the very evening of his marriage 
he stayed late at his work. "Vie thought you had a special 
engagement tonight" someone suggested. "No" said Mr. Edison, "I'm 
staying to work on these experiments" (Duplex system of messages). 
"But you told us you were going to be married", they exclaimed. So 
the great inventor had temporarily forgotten the time of his marriage. 



Saturday, April 10, L943 Cold 

Thirteen came for dinner this evening in a group headed 
by the Rev. Karl Gottschling of Foxboro, Mass. The party arrived in 
two car loads and first visited the Mary Lamb school and Martha- 
Mary Chapel. Then they came into the Inn and sat down at one 
long table to partake of a hearty Saturday night dinner. The 
evening was spent around the piano in the small Ball-room where old 
time songs were heard. 



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Sunday, April 11, 194-3 Pleasant 

rx young Ensign, born and brought up in Michigan, was 
undoubtedly the most interested visitor today. He was a dinner 
guest and afterwards joined a hostess in the Parlor. There he 
reveled in the Longfellow history. His eyes lighted with every 
word about the poet. Then he continued through the other 
rooms and was fascinated with the clock- jack in the Kitchen and 
all the time he hardly spoke a word. Finally he confessed: "The 
first place I ever saw of this sort was Botsford Tavern',' he suiu, 
and I saw it when a very young child. I remember it well. What 
a thrill I got at seeing all the old things 1" This grown-up 
boy, seeing New England for the first time, ended by saying that 
he felt the Inn was a very wonderful place and he would never 
forget it. 



Monday, April 12, 19^3 Pleasant 

Steve Gooch never forgets to come to the Inn. It was 
not altogether surprising then, to see Steve coming up the 
front walk this afternoon. He is a tall, clean looking fellow 
with a continual cheery smile. He graduated from our school way 
back in 1931 and is one of the few who continued his education 
some years later, by attending college. He succeeded in gradu- 
ating from the Mass. State College at Amherst, ifiore recently 
he has been working in a Defense Plant. Today he announced his 
induction into the service and is to report at Fort Devens in the 
very near future. We might say that Steve is one of our "favorite 
sons" and we wish him the best of luck. 



Tuesday, April 13, 1943 Pleasant 

Another of our favorite Wayside Inn School boys 
returned today in the uniform of the United States Navy. On 
his arm were white wings indicating the Aviation service. But 
first his name, Eawin Carey. He told us that he hus been in 
training to go on a Torpedo bomber as a Turret gunner. He des- 
cribed the plane - a Grunman Avenger- and has already been 
assigned his ship, airplane carrier, the Belleau wood. Now he 
is stationed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard alter L4 months in Florida, 
Virginia and Rhode Island. Carey was an actor when in school and 
always appeared in the most original costume when a party i 
scheduled. One time he was a cowboy and another time an organ 
grinder. But whatever role he chose, he always played the part. 
Good luck to him we say. A fine looking chap; much more mature 
after his training and keen to be in action I 



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Wednesday, April 14, 194-3 



Cold, cloudy 



Still another alumnus of the Wayside Inn School 
appeared today. He v«as Shavarsh Kolchakian who graduated 
in 1933. Every year since, he has made a pilgrimage to the Inn. 
For the past several months Kolchakian' s training has been in 
the Radio Signal corps and he is due at Fort Devens tomorrow. 
Tonight he brought a young lady for dinner and during the 
course of conversation informed us that he is using the English 
translation of his given name - Richard. Shavarsh Kolchakian 
is Armenian and he explained that it took a long time before his 
father v^ould consent to a change. The name Kolchakian remains, 
however, and continues to be a "tongue twister". 



Thursday, April 15, 1943 



Cloudy 



A picture, which does not depict the beautiful effect 
achieved by an ice storm, is given herewith. The storm, late 
in February, turned the whole landscape into a fairyland and we 
tried to capture the lacy loveliness with a camera, not too 
successfully, however. 




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Friday, April 16, 194,? Pleasant 

The Mary Lamb school children had a treat this afternoon at 
their dancing class. The treat was Butter. Not in actual form, 
but in a description of butter; how it was made in the old. days and 
its various uses today. Lach child wrote a composition on the 
subject. The essays were judged bj competent teachers and prizes 
awareded this afternoon. The first prize, a little wooden bucket 
filled with a half pound of butter, was awarded to Dorothy Hawes. The 
second prize, two miniature butter churns, was given to Janice 
Burland and the third best essay written by Priscilla Pittman, was 
awareded a really old wooden butter print. The best essay follows: 

BUTTLK 

Butter is one of the nicest things we have to make 
foods taste better. It is hard to think of bread 
without butter. Mother uses it in cooking for fine 
flavor. Ofcourse we cannot have much butter these 
war days. Long, long ago, milk was curried in skins on 
backs of donkeys. The jolting of the milk over rough 
roads made bits of butter. Later on, butter was made in 
a churn. Now it is made in great creameries. Butter- 
flies and buttercups are named after butter because they 
are so yellow. 

Saturday, April 17, 1943 Cloudy 

The holiday week-end (^pril 19) inspires people who are 
confined to offices to seeK the country. Therefore our rooms are 
reserved for three different parties of two each - all young xaaieL 
are office workers. Soiae of them arrived this afternoon and others 
will come tomorrow. Another overnight guest anticipating a stay of 
several days, is Mr. Geoffrey H. V. Baker, one of the euitors of the 
House and Garden magaz ine. 



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Sunday, April 18, 19-43 Pleasant 

Sunday is the day for Navy ensigns. They come flocking 
in around two or three o'clock in the afternoon - some with 
wives or sweethearts and others in bunches of four or five un- 
accompanied. Again today a Navy ensign proved to be our most 
interested visitor. Much to our surprise he knew a great deal 
about Longfellow; much more than the average visitor. He told 
us that James Russell Lowell took Longfellow's place at Harvard 
as professor of Modern Languages. He knew about Longfellow's 
trip to Europe and his preparation for teacliing at Harvard. 
Hardly a detail of the poet's life had escaped this serious 
minded young chap. After dinner he modestly confessed to being 
an ex- teacher of American literature. 

An afternoon wedding in Framingham occasioned a 
luncheon here this noon time with the bridal party in attendance. 
Families and friends numbering 19 were seated at one table. 



Monday, April 19, 194-3 Cloudy and rain 

The April 19th holiday brings thoughts of Paul Revere, 
master craftsman and patriotic messenger. Two examples of his 
work as a printer hang in the Bar-room. The pages of Longfellow's 
Tales of a Wayside Inn are turned to "Paul Revere 's Ride". The 
morning paper brings these appropriate words: "No task too hard, 
nor too severe for patriots like Paul Revere". The guests are 
perusing the Revere book by Esther Forbes vjiiich rests on the Bar- 
room table. All day our thoughts have turned to Paul Revere. But 
he is not the only patriot to be remembered on April 19th. Never 
forget the farmers in every Middlesex village who dropped their 
ploughs, left their live-stock to the care of women folk and bid 
wives and children farewell. Among them was the landlord of the 
Red Horse Tavern in Sudbury, Colonel Ezekiel Howe. 



Tuesday, April 20, 194-3 Cloudy 

A kind of mystery story was told recently about a co r y 
of the Tales of a Wayside Inn. And the copy is a first edition of 
the Tales, originally owned by the Boston Public Library. Twenty 
years ago a certain person borrowed the book and was charged with 
it. But twenty years elapsed before the book was returned. The 
other day a gentleman connected with the Library was looking over 
some books in an Auction room. There was the very copy of the Tales. 
For twenty years it had been gone. Now it is safely back in its 
old home j a book shelf at the Boston Library. 



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Wednesday, April 21, 194-3 Cloudy, rain 

Several years ago when Mr. Ford visited the Inn, he chatted 
for a considerable length of time with an elderly lady. She 
explained many of the things in the old kitchen; their way of being 
made and their use. Today the lady's son, Mr. Frank Dart - ior ten 
years on the Boston Herald - came to the Inn with a small picture. 
It is an original etching of Whittier's home in Amesbury, Mass. It 
is a beautiful little gift and underneath the etching is this 
inscription: "I am thy friend, John G. Whittier". Tr^ etching is 
really presented by Mr. Dart's brother, Mr. Edward N. Dart of 133 7th Ave. 
Pelham, New York. He was, for 15 years, with the New York Times. 
Strange to say, both men, Mr. Frank Dart and Mr. Edward Dart think that 
the etching is of the Wayside Inn. We are quite certain, however, that 
it depicts Whittier's home. 



Thursday, April 22, 194-3 Pleasant 

Phil Merriman returned today and as usual brought his cheery 
smile and his enthusiasm for the Waysiafe Inn. Phil is a former Tauck Tour 
r>->nductor who used to conduct the Gaspe Peninsula trip. Once or 
twice during the season he would be on the New England run. Now, for 
the Duration and much to his dismay, he is on a mechanical job which 
keeps him closely confined indoors. He was born, it seems, for the 
purpose of conducting tour groups. His heart and soul is in entertain- 
ing the passengers, giving them a good time and watching out for their 
welfare and comfort. Tonight he brought his sister-in-law and the two 
stayed over night. The evening was spent in viewing Phil's lovely 
colored slides of the Gaspe country. 



Friday, April 23, 1943 Cloudy 

An enjoyable guest was Mr. William C. Kalning. He was here 
again tonight. He came last night for the fifcst time and is working 
on Government business in Marlboro. Tonight he chatted about Williams- 
burg and Natchez. He likes old places and things and he knows his 
American history. Besides, he is a kindly sort of person. Too, from 
what he said, he is a capable business man. His home, about which he 
spoke in fond terms, is a little log cabin near Asbury Park, New Jersey. 
It is located on a river where the most popular s^ort is sailing. 
Mr. Kalning also enthused over the simple, handmade furniture in his 
cabin-home. It was made, all of it, by his father. Knowing this, it v,as 
easy to understand Mr. Kalning 1 s genuine appreciation of the Inn. 

Saturday, April 24-, 194-3 Pleasant 

The Inn was a busy place today with preparations going 
forward for Easter Sunday. Easter lilies have been brought in tuid the 
Kitchen is making ready to serve several hundred guests. Tonight a 
bride and bridegroom were overnight guests. Ensign ana Mrs. W. I. lynch- 
both are from Rome, New York where Mrs. Lynch teaches school. The 
Ensign is attached to the Harvard training school at Cambridge, Mass. 



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buna y, ft ril 25, 1 Cola, parti} clou 

Le sun, which has b< L st constantly thro gh 
>nth, was Kind enough to make an appearance today. Therefore 
it suitable da} lor new Easter attire. ; uests were dressed 
in light ci >thes. ] Ls the end of noon, - sr, a com 
win$ arrived and nt under a cloud. 

loomiiy. ^s iter oi" fact, this faster Sunday, 1943, oi 
right as Easter y.s oi the past. For onetkiiMS -- ^~ 

j /erj few were worn. And the clouds' oi Like an 
invi . jju, however, i'rou; the stand oi 

[ . .. in large nuiuoers it i md axa. through the 

afternoon. Sun ht su}. ed in the ^v^ ting. 



Wond ly, i ril 2b, 194-3 ! t 

A bi ich started tnis morning at the old Crocicer 

place-* neighboring farm-spread to a point alarmingly near the Inn. 
Around noon time clouds oi' &uiok ig upon tj 

to t st of the Inn. A high wind — s blowing. The smoite oecanie 
-, iliuost , Indicating the burning ai pine threes, boon the 
is fixl Lrty white mist^as the fire tun 
in its course to a point near the Calvin Hoi se, se?iu was dif- 
cult to s ?ront steps of ^he Inn. Then the 

fl js sd Long a \. crest towards the Smithj barn. In the 

antiine, lar & e u-acxs filled with soldiers froiU Cc^p - 

al xire engines from surrounding tow s. ^o t , a in the ; ide 
dchool helped an be n.e, on - ; v c r the} 

re doing to fi^ht the lire. People frofii the tc 
shovels and buckets, ed Ci-oa*, Canteen Service ~»e 

arran^ to serve cofi'ee and sandwich ss. Our engine 

Lrst to. rrive ana .st to leave. Leaving tiiJe came tround 
eight o'clock in the evening. And it was auout t .me when two 
tirsd young lire fighter caae ua ~ae ^;^e Wayside Inn* 

"Ceo I'm e saved this" t. id as thej or 

being nere. Their clotnes were -rid dirty. Their 1 rids 

*e dirty. They were two buck-privates fi Lca^o. 



ssaay, April 27, 1943 PI 

A request has been received from tlev. \Ai one ox the 

'S for the use of i for -Lecture purposes. Someti 

__o slides were made of tae Inn aiau its surro ... These have a 
been . ■ is bo con- 

tinue /lis talks. The Inn will be a new subject to people in northern 

iork stat . Dr. .. pp teaches -t St. I dversity. 



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ril 28, 194-3 P-l- 

Father Wenerverg brought a little old lady to t 

ated her 86th bj . ^ was a bright little 

I her v i : Lons 01' t 

lj .„ore uirv:iau„. >re years oi' 

iness, she state^ emphaticaxl) but . ith a sai^ht L..Cd , 

" I oi^j ..j;.e to j-i'/e long euou^h to iie Peace uOi. ured". 

These words -.rrestea the -..Location oi at the next table 
in oil- - ^ bates Arm.} . 



.... , April 29, 19 Coxa, wiii-,, 

nave kno jr years. IcCurdj 

chi ;, he -t here when very youn,g. Today, during 

vacation time, wrs. UcCurdy decided to bri. ., Jr. and £rme" to 
the Im invited \ bes to joi . This made a fours a 
between the o. oj oi 10 aid 14* The u ant, but cold. 5o 

bhe icCurdys ..;;j: seeing the Mil -or 

J ie children c l oi' td en- 

sir holiday to t irdy 

suggested th rty staj .>. tmight. .... : 1 1 f 02 ihe children I 
To si_ep in this historic r ^acu! It was inueeu a breat. The telephone 
buzzed with calls to waiti roii^s and final arrangements rere 

bo be a sin ie hoi real 

overnight st ie partj . 



Friday, April 30, -h 



The McCu btended the school service at the ry 
el bhis morning. 

The quotation on bhe ir-ji:. . Boston Post tnis 
morning is ow 1 s p< jS: " For so... . L 

, though all - clay." ] on the 

uuos jug in bhe Parlo oi' the Inn. 

. ... : • Stid er oi Boston mcheon guest yes 
u jxu ibout wir. Stid '& recent visit in Dearborn. 



Sat 1 i V , tj 1,1 y-^S 

An btractive couple - about in U hirtias - were overui est* 

his mornii ie Inn. 

Thej sere ,uiet er uncommunicative, out 1 

te is beJ them in t . rhe 

house is not quite . ilierefore c*. .. rruitt ire "roomi 

b" unti xVc-3. roa 

Pittsburg, and proi b it visitors at b 

Inn. 



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May 2, 19^3 - May 8, 1943 

Sunday, May 2, j.v43 Rxeasant 

hvery room available was usea last nignt lor overnignt 
guests. This was due to the fact that »uiss Child oi' tno uraauate 
Cxud in Boston brought 12 young people f^r a icinu of house party. 
There were seven girls and four boys, borne cawe at a late hour 
alter attending the symphony Concert. Besides this group there 
were other house guests. Lliss Mary R. lacCarty stayed over alter 
attending a biro Club meeting here yesterday and Ensign and Mrs. 
R. E. Lanary were a honeymoon couple. 

Uonday, May 3j 1943 Rain 

« Lieutenant in the r*ir Corps s o£e with leeling this 
evening about oeing oack in New i^giand. ne .-ujored in history 
at college and loves tne traditions which surround old Ne« England 
noines. "lou nave no idea how happy I am to De bacK here" he said 
as he glanced around tne old kitcnen. Very iiKeiy ne nau seen 
service recently in some foreign lanu. The evening was warn 
and pleasant and the sunset unusually bright. The Inn *uS an 
ideal place lor a yjung man and nis maia "to s.,end a quiet time. 

Tuesday, May 4, 1943 Ci-ouuy 

Two little girls, both near 2 years old, became acquain- 
ted here today. Judie was from California and she said "hit" to 
Ann, a sweet cnild in bj.ue dress with white oinafore-and ^oluen 
hair. Judie Was more talkative and asked a. xot oi" questions. 
she pointed to a middle-aged xady and aSKeu nnn "who?", aim re- 
plied "Gaina". They waiKcd hand in hand tnrou b h the rooms .like 
old friends. ,j.l as well until Ann turned tne handle of the oxd 
coi'i'ee grinder. Judie wanted to pi-y with it too-and at the same 
time. Suddenly a wail *as heard and ^ shower oe^on. The two 
had to be se^ crated - and parted not such verj ^ooa irienas. 

Wednesday, way 5, 1943 Pheasant 

Tnis is tne time oi' year for groups j Ciub luncheons, 
annual meetings and graduation exercises, lesteruav about 4O 
nurses, graduates aid students, came bj bus from the Ralthaa 
hospital to have dinner here, miss Claris, ouperintenuant oi 
Hurses*, came with them and alter dinner informed us that their 
^urpos^ comin & was to get good food and have it well served. 
" v >u know the Nurses have to eat Cafeteria style", she said "and 
now with food rationing they seldom nave what is called a 6 ood 
square meal." Then she -dded, "but they got one here." 

The /danuai Meeting of the Sudbury Women's Clud took 
place today following luncheon served in the xar^e dining room. 
There were 45 present. This is the third year in succession the 
Sudbury /.omen have come here. 



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KAXSIDE LMi UIaiOC COJ8T. 
May 2, 1943 - May 8, 1943 

Thursday, May 6, 1943 Partxy cloudy 

a farewexl party gathered here this afternoon ana par- 
took of a hearty luncheon served on the Porch. This was a. tea- 
chers group from one of the marxooro schools and the honor guest 
was one of the teachers who has joined the Spars. There were 
eleven in axl, including one xone man, the PrincipcJ.. 

Friday, Ma> 7, 19^3 Cloudy 

A letter was handed across tne bar tnis evening oy 
Lieutenant Colonex oiiu Mrs. Hm<. P. natties, overni&ht guests. 
It is a printed copy of a letter written oy the Colonel's son, 
Die*, and it is dated January 31* 19^3 • Since then, hunureds 
of copies have been printed. The letter has been reproduced in 
the Congressional record. It nas caused a sensation throughout 
the United States. It Degins tnis way. 

"Prom about xQ a. it. until 2:30 p.m. it is 130 in the 
shade. We run around in cut off sj.ac.lcs aria, soj atiiU&S nothing. 
We are axl as b^ack as ink now." The letter was written at 
Guadalcanal. It b oes on to describe horrible conditions. To- 
wards tb^ ^nd Dick has met his brother and says, "My or other, 18 

years old (a Marine), put in five months of tnis helx He is 

an old man at x8. i.ot cracked up, but the cnixdish fun of that 
age com^letexy obliterated by sight of de^th and pain. Don't 
spend your money on amusements for soldiers. Save their lives 
with guns and planes, -that's what we want out here, and a little 
note once in a while of love and ^raise." 

Saturday, May 8, 19^3 Pxeasant 

Once in a while the Inn is "Visited by Jr. Cnarxes m. 
Proctor of Southboro, Mclss. He has established a Dental Clinic 
at the Berry Schools, Georgia. He and Mrs. Proctor Sj.oke en- 
thusiasticaxly about his cxinic. He estabxished it in memory of 
his son. A resident dentist is maintained cOiu the Proctor's 
s^end two or three weejts at the school annually. They s^oKe 
appreciatively of what iwr. and Mrs. ford have done for the school, 



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Sunday, May 9, 1943 Pleasant 

Many Mothers came to the Inn today ano were given a rest 
from tedious kitchen labors. There v.'ere old Mothers ana youn^ 
Mothers - all being treated to a Sunday dinner prepared, cooked 
and served for them instead of by them. The day was pleasant 
and interspersed among the i'amiiy groups were several young 
couples of the Armj and Navy - far away from their own homes and 
Mothers; strangers in New England. They were seeking here the 
traditional New England atmosphere, plus goou food. Most of them 
were intensely interested in the Inn. They spoke of its peace- 
fulness and beauty and of their desire to return to it after the 
War. 

Monday, May 10, 1943 Cold 

Mr. and Mrs. Bowker came from Worcester Saturday evening 
and along with their usual gift of roses they brought a copy of 
the Christian Science Monitor for May 8th. In the Magazine sec- 
tion is a page called, "A little corn for Johnny-Cake", and a 
long paragraph describes the Wayside Inn Grist mill. It is ill- 
ustrated with a beautiful picture of the Mill; one of the best 
we have seen. It shows a number of sheep grazing in the fore- 
ground and the shadows and shading of dark and li ht around the 
Mill make an especially impressive picture. 

Tuesday, May 11, 1943 Cloudy 

When in the Wayside Inn Bo^s School, Joe Young was Joe 
Bensky. He had his name chijaged and is now in the Merchant 
Marines. Last week he came back to tell of World travels. He 
is one of more Doys wno has had the awful experience^ of cling- 
ing to a life raft for over 16 hours. His ship was torpedoed 
twice. Joe was cheerful, but there were lines in his face, not 
noticed before, and his cheeks were pale. 

Wednesday, May 12, 1943 Rain 

Guests often speak about Whittier v.hen they see ids pic- 
ture hanging in the Parlor - ".there was he born?" they ask or 
"Wnere aid he live?" Almost every one rememo^rs "Snov.-Bound" 
and recently a woman spoke afiectionately of Whittier f s ^oem, 
"In School Days". She knew a daughter of the little girl men- 
tioned in the poem. Today this short poem of Vihittier's was 
found printed in a current magazine: 

WARP AND W00E OF LI*E 

Like warp nd woof all destinies 

Are wovon fast, 
Linked in sympathy like the keys 

Of an organ vast. 

Pluck one thread, and the web ye mar; 

Break but one 
Of a thousand keys, and the painin b jar 

Through all will run. 

John Greenleaf rthittier 



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Thursday, May 13, 1943 Very Pleasant 

The Inn was thoroughly enjoyed today by fifty-eight women 
who came from Fort Devens to see the house and to have luncheon. 
They were wives of officers. Most of then were from other States 
and some of theui had travelled extensively in other countries. 
All were cordial and friendly and attentive listeners as the story 
of the Inn was told. They spent some time in the front yard - 
v/alking to the schooj. house and to the garden. The day was beau- 
tiful with sunshine and warmth; much appreciated after a "spell" 
of cold, rainy weather. 

Friday, May 14, 1943 Very Pleasant 

"Who ever makes a garden 
Has never worked alone; 
The rain has always found it 

The sun has always known 

The wind has blown across it 

And helped to scatter seeds 

Who ever makes a garden 

Has all the help he needs." 

Our garden is showing a little color, xted tulips j-ine the 
pathway and white violets are thick under the apple tree , lilies 
of the valley are in bud. The forsythia is ready to bloom. Near 
the house the lilacs are trying hard to be on schedule with their 
lovely white ana lavender blossoms. Beautiful Spring surrounds 
this old fashioned quaint abode. And the greens are in their p 
prime; dark green almost black and dainty light green; yellow g 
green and rich brown-green. The greens throw a glow of warmth 
and freshness around colorful garden plots. 

"Who ever makes a garden 
Has, oh, so many friendsl- 
The glory of the morning 
The dew when daylight ends 
The wind, and rain, and sunshine 
And dew, and fertile sod 
And he who makes a garden 
Works hand-in-hand with God-" 

Saturday, May 15, 1943 Pleasant 

A glimpse of Hitler in the Munich Station was described to- 
day by one of our guests, a retired school teacher from Houston, 
Texas. She visited Germany in 1939 and was leaving the Munich 
Station just as the i'euhrer and his aides arrived. £very where 
people were shouting "Heil Hitler". The taxi-cub ariver was 
flustered and made way for the tfeuhrer-speaking of him with a g 
great deal of reverence. Our guest recalled other experiences; 
she told of seeing Mussolini's home in Italy, ft'hat a rare treat 
for boys and girls in a High School way back in Texas 1 They were 
fortunate, indeed, to have had a teacher with the knowledge and 
experience gleaned by World travel. 



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Sunday, May 16, 1943 Cloudy 

In apple blossom time the Catholic Daughters from 
Concord gather together for a Communion Breakfast. For the 
past ten years the Wayside Inn has been their meeting place. 
Today was their day. The large dining room looked fresh and 
gay with large bunches of pink and vvhite blossoms. Over ninety 
women sat down to a hearty breakfast. They were in the dining 
room until noon time. During the meal several vocal selections 
were heard. All declared this year's breakfast was the best 
ever altho 1 their program varies little irom year to year. 



Monday, May 17, 194-3 Very pleasant 

This evening just as long shadows began to creep 
across the lawn, the Chapel bell was heard. At the same time 
a lovely bride entered the front door of the Chapel ana walked 
u^ the aisle on the arm of her father. At the altar she met 
the groom, Mr. James Greenawalt - a nice looking young man in 
the uniform of the United States Army. The bride was gowned in 
white satin. She was Miss Eleanor Goulding from our own town, 
South Sudbury and a former pupil in the Wayside Inn schools. 
She has often played the organ in the Martha-Mary Chapel for 
other weddings. About eighty guests attended the wedding 
ceremony which was followed by a reception in the large dining 
room of the Inn. Ice cream and cake were served. 



Tuesaay, May 18, 194-3 Pleasant 

The Colbys are good Wayside Inn friends so we v/ere 
sorry last evening when Mr. Colby came for dinner without 
bringing Mrs. Colby. He was accompanied however, by Mrs. Colby's 
mother and a friend. The friend upon introduction, proved to 
be Mrs. Marion Trask and she told us that she was an Interior 
Decorator and had done the interior of the Dearborn Inn. It was 
not surprising that Mrs. Trask came with Mr. Colby for the Colbys 
are "art" people: Mrs. Colby being the Director of the Vesper 
George School of Art. 



Wednesday, May 19, 1943 Partly cloudy 

Aviation Lieutenant emerging from the dining room: 
"That was the finest meal I've had in New England". 

Sailor to his friend: "If we don't leave now, I'll 
have a hectic time getting to my appointment with the dentist" 

.Friend: "Well, lets go. This is no place in which 
to be hectic". 



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Wednesday, May 19 - continued 

A recent guest from Fairbanks, Alaska told of 
teaching dancing there and using the "Good Morning" book. 



Thursday, May 20, 1943 Partly cloudy 

Neighboring Sudbury people sometimes entertain men 
in the service; friends of friends or relatives. A Sudbury 
neighbor when introducing a boy from California recently, 
said he always liked to bring boys to the Inn because, by 
coming here, "they carry away with them a lasting, worth-while 
impression of the town". This afternoon Mrs. Geehan who 
lives on the Inn property brought a soldier boy from the state 
of Oregon. Decorations on his blouse indicated foreign 
service and medals of honor. 



Friday, May 21, 1943 ttain 

Forty-seven women carrying umbrellas and wearing 
rubbers descended upon the Inn this afteenoon and were more 
than welcome around the cheery fireplace in the Bar-room. It 
was a dismal day and the women v?ere young and full of fun. 
They came from the Mass. Institute of Technology where their 
husbands are studying for War-time jobs. They lov ed the 
Inn with its cozy atmosphere and they liked especially the ola 
kitchen. One asked about Longfellow's connection with the Inn. 
But just at this point music was heard in the direction of the 
Ball room. It was dancing-class afternoon. The boys and girls 
from the Southwest school were doing a Quadrille. The question 
was asked the ladies: "Tn'ould you like to see the dancing or 
hear about Longfellow?" "See the dancing"was the quick response. 
Consequently the group adjourned to the Ball room where they 
watched the children for about half an hour. Longfellow was 
not forgotten, however. After the dancing, all came down to the 
Parlor where the story of the sombre clock and the Spinet was told, 



Saturday, May 22, 1943 Cloudy 

One person for whom we feel a bit sorry is Phil 
Merriman. He is the Tauck Tour conductor who is now working at 
the Pratt- Whitney Aircraft Company in Hartford. Once in every 
six weeks he is entitled to a Sunday off. The past two have 
been spent at the Inn. Tonight Phil came again and this time 
his appearance was alarming. The difference is betv/een out- 
door and in-door work. Formerly, when making his tour trips, 
Phil was robust and healthy with full pink cheeks. Now his 
face is thin and pale. His smile is not quite as spontaneous. 
He tells us that a Sunday hare is a good tonic. 



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Sunday, May 23, 1943 Very pleasant 

A re-newed ban on pleasure driving made the Inn an unusually 
quiet place on this lovely May Sunday. Most of the guests came by 
Bus. There were several "Waves" from Cambridge where they are in 
training at Radcliffe College. Also the usual number of Ensigns with 
wives and sweethearts. One lonely Lieutenant came by himself. He 
stayed around the house all the ai'ternoon and wrote postal cards. 
Yihen there was a free moment to talk with the hostess behind the Bar, 
he told of his home in southern Illinois and of his brother working 
at the Willow Run plant. He wanted to talk and stayed over a bus in 
order to have a friendly chat. 



Monday, *ay 24, 1943 Pleasant 

The Newman Club of Marlboro were seated in the large dining 
room this evening where 70 members enjoyed a turkey dinner. There 
was a head table and lilacs were used for decoration. The women came 
by bus and also by taxi. Marlboro taxis made two or three trips each 
way. This was the only means of transportation available. The 
pleasure driving ban makes the use of one's o?m car almost an 
impossibility. 



Tuesday, May 25, 1943 Pleasant 

Another group of women, the "Queens of Avalon" came from 
Marlboro this evening and were also seated in the large dining room. 
They numbered thirty-six. After dinner a service of Installation 
was held in the Martha-Mary Chapel. 



Wednesday, ^ay 26, 1943 Cloudy 

The Inn was aaddened and shocked today by the news of 
Mr. ikisel Ford's death. Even though he had not been a frequent 
visitor, he was always thought of as a gracious and kindly friend 
of the Inn; keenly interested in this old house and what it stands 
for. Every year for a number of years Mr. Edsel Ford's children 
came to the Inn on their way to Seal Harbor. This link with 
Mr. Edsel Ford's family brought him close to the hearts and minds 
of all. Today our heartfelt sympathy is with those nearest and 
dearest to him. 



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Thursday, May 27, 19-43 Pleasant 

Our old friends the Stillmans arrived this evening to 
stay over the weeic-end. They came from Westerly (Rhode Island) by 
train to Boston, then to the Inn b,y Bus. Today was spent in 
attending the Harvard Commencement exercises. Mr. Stillman 
graduated from Harvard in 1906. Mrs. Stillman is a former news- 
paper woman and has spe n t some time as Secretary to Miss Freda 
Hempel. Consequently the Stillmans have many interesting things to 
talk about and their semi-annual visits are a pleasure for the 
InR. family and other guests who happen to meet them. They both 
have a rare sense of humor. We remember Mrs. Stillman describing 
her kitchen as the kind where one has to walk a mile for a pinch 
of saltl 



Friday, May 2S > 1943 Pleasant 

The hostess on duty and the Stillmans, house guests, were 
entertained this eveniiig by two other house guests. They were 
Miss Phoebe Scott and Miss Mollie Morrissey - on their way from 
New York to Ogunquit, Maine and both very bright women. Miss 
Morrissey is English and lost a brother at Dunkirk. She said that 
the most impressivd time of the War in England was when Big Ben 
struck the hour on Armistice day as a signal of silence. Everyone 
stopped whatever he was doing and paid a silent tribute. People 
on the street stopped walking, motor cars, trucks and busses came 
to a halt. For two minutes there was not a sound. Miss Morrissey' s 
description of it was as impressive as the event itself. 

The Inn was closed for a few hours during the afternoon 
out of respect to Mr. Edsel Ford. 



Saturday, Ma} 29 , 1943 Pleasant 

A return to another era was witnessed here this afternoon 
when a horse ana two seated carriage was seen in the parking 
space. Mr. Welch was driving and came over from Framingham to meet, 
family and friends arriving on the Bus. The horse was restless and 
frightened by the sound of a motor. Consequently he had to be 
"held" while the women folk climbed into the carriage. Last seen, 
this gay-nineties conveyance was jogging over the hill with a full 
load aboard. 



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Sunday, May 30, 1943 Very pleasant 

The hostess felt complimented. A guest remarked 

ts he was being shown through the house today: "You almost 
eed a guide around here I" And the same guest spoke of the 
lovely low fenders "^hich half-circle the fireplaces as "little 
fences". 

Most of the guests today came by Bus except for a 
few who were on their way to or from cemeteries on this Memorial 
Day. The most interesting visitors were four French Naval 
officers who were charmed with the Inn and its surroundings. 
They liked it so well they stayed from noon time until late 
evening, partaking of both dinner and supper. They asked for 
some of our strawberry jam "to take aboard ship". 



Monday, May 31, 1943 Very pleasant 

For this Memorial Day holiday we can think of no 
more appropriate story to relate than one told by a visitor- 
the Reverend Robert J. Hodgen of Plymouth, Massachusetts. A 
pair of air-corps wings were worn on the sombre, black collar 
of his coat. "No, I'm not in the Army, he said, but those 
wings came from the uniform of my son who was killed in an 
airpla^js crash". Then Mr. Hodgen went on to say that he has 
six more sons in the Army . A seventh son, who is afflicted 
with curvature of the spine, is working in the Pratt-Whitney 
Aircraft Company in Hartford. Mrs. Hodgen then spoke up and 
informed us that their family originally numbered eight sons 
and no daughters - one son killed, six in the Service and one 
in Defense ^ork. A wonderful family with a wonderful record 
of Kervicet The Hodgens were on their way home from Leyden, 
Massachusetts where their air-corps son is buried. Their 
address is Beaver Dam Road, Plymouth, Mass. 



Tuesday, June 1, 1943 Pleasant 

A letter has come from Major Morris U. Lively who 
dined here recently. He is a Chaplain in the Field Artillery 
School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma and writes as follows: 

"I was, prior to coming into the Army as 
a Chaplain, a teacher of literature in College, 
It was a spiritual pleasure to visit the Inn. 
Your most gracious hospitality has made my 
visit one long to be remembered with much 
pleasure". 



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Wednesday, June 2, 1943 Pleasant 

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin P. Stillman of Westerly, Rhode Island 
completed their stay today and boarded the 12 o'clock noon bus 
for Boston. They expressed regret at leaving and reco\inted their 
good times; walks and bus rides, chats in the Bar-room and 
very good meals. They have a genuine appreciation of the Inn and 
make a semi-annual pilgrimage, coming for a few days each Spring 
and Fall. In the meantime they live an active community life and 
share in many of the music and educational activities of the town. 
Mr. Stillman is a Travel Agent and Mrs. Stillman is a part time 
secretary to Frieda Hempel. She is also an ardent reader. Their 
pet is a Siamese cat. 



Thursday, June 3, 1943 Pleasant 

A dancing party at Graduation time has become an annual 
event for children of the Southwest and Mary Lamb schools. The 
1943 affair was held this evening in the large Ball-room. Little- 
boys and girls wore their best party clothes. Mothers and fathers 
proudly watched from -he side lines and ice cream and cake were 
served. An orchestra furnished music while the children showed 
their parents and friends how to do the Quadrille, sea-side polka 
Varsovienne. 



Friday, June 4, 1943 Pleasant 

Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Lester of New York are registered 
here and expect to stay two or three days. Tonight they attended 
the dancing class. Mr. Lester is a retired Banker. He has 
spoken several times of being shown through the Rouge Plant by 
Mr. Henry Ford and of his interest in Greenfield Village. Sometime 
ago, Mr. Lester suffered a slight shock and since then has been 
rather feeble. He is cheerful, however, and enjoys the companionship 
and care given by Mrs. Lester who is constantly by his side. 



Saturday, June 5, 1943 Pleasant 

Recently an English guest spoke of the two minutes of 
Silence in London on Armistice Day. Big Ben gave the signal for 
every one to stop and bow his head in prayer. An account of this 
was given in a recent Diary. Today a further description was 
found in reading a report from the Rev. Magnus C. Ratter who says 
that: 



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Saturday, June 5 - continued 

"It is possible that some have not heard of the 
Big Ben Silent Minute Fellowship; a spiritual adventure in 
which more might like to take part. On occasions when the 
chimes are heard, the listener joins in meditation with the 
great number who use this evening call as a Silent Minute. 
It is also an acceptable way to join prayer with our boys 
absent on service, aware that they share with us in the 
precise moment. In the faith that prayer is a force, the 
Silent Minute will help to sweeten and spiritualize the life 
of the modern world. Many pray that righteousness may 
triumph; but let every man give his own highest thoughts the 
sanctity of prayer. I, personally, when I hear the chimes, 
repeat quietly The Lord's Prayer". 



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Sunday, June 6, 1943 Very pleasant 

The four French officers ivho were here last Sunday 
returned today. They asked for a room in order to change 
their clothes and soon came fairly flying down the stairs, out 
the front door and disappeared for the afternoon. At supper 
time they re-app*;eared in snow-white uniforms. These attracted 
a lot of attention in the dining room as did their perfectly 
correct and lively French talk. Their handsome dark faeces were 
also commented upon. They seem to have become very fond of the 
Inn and expressed over and over again their pleasure at being here. 

One of our steady customers in what we might call the 
pre-Bus era, was a Mr. Hutchinson who always came alone and always 
enjoyed dinners, here. For the past two Sundays Mr. Hutchinson has 
come from Waltham on his bicycle. 



Monday, June 7, 1943 Rain 

This rainy day brought a little girl and her Grandmother 
all the way from California. They stepped off a bus around noon 
time and expressed a desire to see the house. Their trip was a 
rather hasty one as they had to return on the very "next bus". 
When leaving, the Grandmother noticed the pink locust bush which 
grows near the front door, now in full bloom. The little girl 
asked if she could have a blossom to take home. "I've never seen 
a child with so much interest in flowers" said Grandma. Last seen 
these two, representing age and youth, were walking hand in hand 
towards the bus stop under an old fashioned, black umbrella. 



Tuesday, June 8, 19-43 Pleasant 

The Boys School Graduation activities began this evening 
when the annual Banquet was held in the large dining room of the 
Inn. Usually this affair takes place at Dutton Lodge, but this year 
on account of the ban on pleasure driving and limited use of 
gasoline, the dinner was served here. The menu consisted of Fruit- 
cup, Roast Turkey and Ice Cream. This was enjoyed by about 130 friends, 
relatives, neighbors and all the boys and faculty of the school. 
Afterwards the Senior Class Will, Prophesy and Valedictory address 
were given. 



Wednesday, June 9> 1943 Pleasant 

a. postal card with a picture of the Pilgrim Maiden statue 
at Plymouth, Mass. has come from Mrs. Robert J. Hodgen who was here 
last week with Mr. Hodgen. They are the people who have six boys 

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Wednesday, June 9 - continued 

in the Service and one at the Pratt-Whitney Airplane plant. 
The eighth boy, Robert, Junior was killed in an airplane crash. 
Mrs. Hodgen writes: "May w be you will remember the "Hodgens" - - we 
did enjoy the Wayside Inn so much". And by the way, it was Mrs. Hodgen 
who gave us these lines which were sung in the old days as one worked 
the" up and down butter churn. 

"Molly must spin 

And Polly must bake 

And Dolly has all the 

Butter to make." 

The ^oys School Senior Prom was held in the large Ball room 
this evening. Friends and alumni of the school who usually attend were 
missed this year due to militaty service and gasoline rationing. 



Thursday, June 10, 1943 Pleasant 

Diplomas were awarded this evening to graduating classes of 
all the Wayside Inn Schools. They were presented by Mr. Sennott at 
the Graduation exercises held in the Martha-Mary Chapel. Parents and 
friends attended the eight o'clock program which included several 
musical selections. The ^ary ^amb and Southwest children sang songs 
and gave several recitations. Mr. Arthur E. Paul, Supervisor, Mass. 
Division of Child Guidance was the principal speaker. 

Antonio Odicini and Juan Malvarez, both connected with the 
Banko Orientale of Uruguay, head banking institution of Uruguay, were 
luncheon guests here today of Mr. Ralph M. Binney, a Boston banker. 
The two South Americans came to the United States seven weeks ago at 
the suggestion of the office of coordinator of Inter-American affairs, 
Nelson A. Rockefeller. The purpose of their visit is to learn North 
American banking procedure. In Boston special emphasis has been 
placed upon the export and import trade involving wool and hides. The 
men were accompanied by Mr. W. A. Sutherland representing the coordin- 
ator's office, former Secretary to President William Howard Taft. 



Friday, June 11, 1943 Very pleasant 

About two weeks ago a Mr. and Mrs. Holden stopped here for 
tea en route to Northfield, Mass. in the western part of the state. 
Now this would not be an unusual occurance except for the fact that 
Mr. and *rs. Holden were riding bicycles and expected to make their 
entire trip by this means of transportation. About six o'clock this 
evening the pair returned. "Well, here we arey they said, "we've 
come 50 miles today, hoping all the way that you could put us up for 
the night." We could and we learned that the Holdens had not only been 
to Northfield, Mass. but to Hanover, New Hampshire and even into the 
state of Vermont. They live in Cambridge, ^ass. where Mr. Holden 
is connected with Harvard College. They are lovers of nature and the 
out-of-doors and spoke enthusiastically of the scenery along their way. 



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Saturday, June 12, 19A3 



Pleasant 



Samuel Longfellow was as able a poet as his brother, but 
he never achieved as much fame, he wanted to write and did write 
some very beautiful hymns, but he was modest. He let Henry take 
all the honors. Consequently Henry haa rather over shadowed his 
talented brother. Today a hymn of Samuel's came to mind. The 
last verse gives strength and inspiration: 



He who, with calm, undauted will, 
Ne'er counts the battle lost, 

But, though defeated, battles still, - 
He joins the faithful host!" 



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Sunday, June 13, 1943 Very warm 

In these gasoline-saving days, the neighboring towns 
are well represented among our guests. Recently there have been 
people from Hudson, Marlboro, Framingham, Northboro, Southboro, 
Wayland, Maynard and Sudbury. They are the owners of small shops 
or professional people, school teachers and librarians. Tonight 
the Searles and Brigham families arrived in one car from "Marlboro. 
Howard Searles is director of Art in the Marlboro schools. He 
has travelled extensively and spent one summer in England. There 
he met an English school teacher, her father a writer. The 
first poem taught the young lady by her father was Paul Revere 's 
Ride. This seems unusual when there are so many very fine English 
poems to be learned. However, it is not to be forgotten that 
Longfello?/, in his time, was almost as popular in England as in 
America. Howard told us that his friend plans to come to America 
as soon as the War is over and he has promised to bring her to the 
Wayside Inn. 



Monday, June 14, 1943 Very pleasant 

Mr. Lemon witnessed the change. He was here when guests 
arrived by bicycle, horseback, in carriages ind on foot. Then 
came the automobile. How strange when a party drove up in this 
four wheeled, mechanized vehicle I And what tales of speedl Mr. 
Lemon would have been amaaed at a later date to seehundreds of 
automobiles bringing hundreds of people to the Inn. Nov/ a change 
is being witnessed again. Every day the guests come again by 
carriage, horseback or on bicycles. Yes, the Welch's carriage is 
seen at least once a week in the parking space. Cyclists come 
every day; sometimes to stay overnight. Today nine luncheon guests 
used the horse as their mode of travel. Four drove from Wayland 
in a carriage and five came on horseback. 



Tuesday, June, 15, 1943 Pleasant 

One morning Miss Fisher saw a man sitting on a rail fence 
near the Inn and thought him to be a rather suspicious looking 
character. He wore thioic glasses and over his shoulder was slung 
a pair of field glasses. He watched the birds and sat for an 
hour or two appaently content to be out of doors. At any rate, he 
didn't come into the Inn. That very afternoon Miss Fisher happened 
to be in Boston at one of the large banking institutions. There 
was the same man, without hat and carrying the field glasses. Still 
Miss Fisher wondered about him; where he was from, what he was 
doing. In the evening she learned the answer. At the "Pops"- 
symphony concert in Symphoney Hall, Boston there was her man - a 
member of the orchestra sitting on the stage and playing the 
clarinet. 



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Wednesday, June 16, 1943 Very pleasant 

An aviation cadet and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Verne 
Rockcastle registered from Rochester, New York early yesterday afteroon. 
The afternoon was spent in walking around the estate. This morning 
immediately after breakfast they started out walking again. This 
time carrying a large bird book. They walked and looked and iistened 
for several hours, not returning for lunch until around three o'clock. 
Cadet Rockcastle is in training at Harvard College. 



Thurdday, June 17, 1943 Pleasant 

Six overnight guests in parties of two came in to-night 
around dinner time. All were interesting; two ladies from New York 
City on their way to Maine for the summer; Rev. and Mrs. Henry R. Rose, 
he a brother of Wallace Rose one of the Praters. The third couple 
were Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Jarboe arriving on horseback from their farm 
in Cochituate, Mass. The horse3 were lodged in the barn overnight 
and were fed oats and hay. Their stalls were made comforable with a 
bed of hay. 



Friday, June 13, 1943 Pleasant 

Rev. and Mrs. Rose gave an interesting account this 
morning of their summer residence in Maine, located at South Harpswell. 
Forty years ago a group of people, all close friends, established 
an Auburn-Harpswell Association. They built cottages around a 
central dining hall. Year after year they have returned; they and 
their children and now their children's children. All sorts of 
sports are enjoyed such as tennis and bathing and a central 
recreation hall provides entertainment on fcainy days. Sunday 
evenings all gather to hear Dr. Rose in a religious service. Dr. Rose 
spoke this morning of his admiration for Mr. Ford and how he preached 
a sermon once commending Mr. Ford for his $5.00 a day wage. Business 
men in his parish didn't like it, said Dr. Rose. 



Saturday, June 19, 1943 Pleasant 

Miss Fisher is our nature enthusiast and reports an oriole'' s 
nest found recently near the barn. It is made almost entirely of 
horse hair. 

Many turtles - snapping turtles, have been seen near the 
ponds around the estate. The school boys tell of turtles large 
enough to stand on. And a turtle large enough for that is 
probably 50 years old. Of course there are many smaller ones. 



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Sunday, June 20, 194-3 Very pleasant 

The Inn was bought in 18%. by Mr. S. Herbert Howe of 
Marlboro. His son, Louis P. Howe was a dinner guest today and 
volunteered the following information: 

A Mr. Seymour had use of the Inn and was living here when 
Mr. H#we bought the place. His mother was a Howe. 



Mr. Homer Rogers of Sudbury went into partnership with Mr. 
S. Herbert Howe. Mr. Howe furnished the money, Mr. Rogers ran the 

In 1895 the carriage shed, the west wing of the house, was 
remodelled into a dining room. In the old days this wing of the 
house provided a shelter for stage coaches. Drovers would warm 
themselves at the large old fireplace (now at the right of entrance 
into dining room). 



The Red Horse sign was found in the barn at the French place, 
now Dutton Lodge. It was being used for floor boards in a horse 
stall. 



The Howe coat-of-arms, now in the Parlor, came from Dunstable, 
Mass. "or up that way". The original coat-of-arms or the one which 
belonged to the Inn in the old days was later owned by a Mrs. 
Richardson. 



Drovers stopping at the Inn with cattle, herded them in a 
pasture where now stands the old Hager house (Nobscot cottage) . 



M r. Edward R. Lemon bought from Mr. Howe. He made the first 
payment on the Inn in 1897. Paid $700.00 down. 



Monday, June 21, 1943 Pleasant 

a tall young woman arrived by bus this noon time and stayed 
for luncheon. She was a school teacher from Birmingham, Alabama; 
a teacher of English literature and therefore made notes as she went 
through the Inn. She told of seeing hundreds of planes from the 
Willow Run plant being flown to Birmingham where they are modified; 
that is, prepared especially for the certain parts and climates of the 
World where they will be used. She belongs to the Red Cross motor 
corps and helps to transport the pilots who operate these planes. 



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Tuesday, June 22, 1943 Very warm 

Some delightful guests arrived yesterday afternoon to 
stay a couple of days. They are Mrs. Dorothy Young and her 
daughter Patricia . Mrs. Young teaches singing while Patricia 
works in an office and studies music in spare time. The father 
is an artist and their home is in Stratford, Connecticut. Mother 
and daughter are here for a rest. But they are friendly and 
talkative. Mrs. Young was born in England and had an interesting 
experience as a tutor for two lovely English children. Then she 
went to France in World V\ar I and met her husband, an American 
from Dallas, Texas. She gave up country, family and friends and 
has made her home in America ever since. There is an "invisible 
cord" however, which binds her to England. She speaks with a 
charming accent and often mentions her home and relatives. She 
is a kindly, sensitive person and full of appreciation of 
cultural things. For instance she has described with a great 
deal of enthusiasm a few pieces of bric-a- brae which she brought 
over from England, one by. one. Her appreciation of the Inn is 
remarkable; a sincere love of the old. Today she came to the Bar 
and repeated these words in her beautiful soft voice. 

"Fancy hath cast a spell 

upon the place and made it Holy. 

And the villagers would say that 
never evil thing approached 

that went unpunished there." 

Think on these words. How applicable is their meaning 
to this dear old Inn! Mrs. Young remembered hearing them years 
ago. She doesn't know the source. 



Wednesday, June 23, 1943 Cooler 

Mrs. Young and her daughter, house guests, gave us a 
treat in the Ball room this afternoon. They played and sang 
for at least two hours. Miss Young is an able pianist. Mrs. Young 
makes a specialty of teaching voice to very young children. She 
studies every Summer at the Julliard School of Music in New York. 



Thursday, June 24, 1943 Very warm 

A farewell dinner was given this evening for a young lady 
who is leaving the Curtis Shoe factory office in Marlboro. 
Fourteen co-workers came on the bus for a seven o'clock dinner 
served on the porch. 

A very nice young couple ordered dinner this evening in 
between bus time. On further investigation we leatned that they 
had come by truck. A large, red, farm truck was their means of 
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Friday, June 25, 1943 Very warm 

A very warm day and very few guests. We are "catching 
up" on desk work. The article about Mr. Ford in the July Womans 
Home Companion has been read and clipped and placed on file. 
Mr. and Mrs. Stidger are frequent guests here. 



•Saturday, June 26, 1943 Very warm 

The Inn hummed tonight with a dinner party of twenty- two 
and eight overnight guests. All were jolly and talkative. The 
party was to announce the engagement of a Sudbury couple, Miss Nancy 
Howe and Mr. Allan Bowry. The overnight guests included Mr. E. P. 
Goodnow. He told of attending a dancing party at the Inn given 
several years ago by Mr. and Mrs. Ford. Mr. Goodnow 1 s home is in 
Brookline, Mass. He is entertaining here a young Ensign from 
Arkansas whom he met in Hollywood. Both enjoyed a large pitcher of 
ice water before retiring. The day has been extremely warm. 



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Sunday, June 27, 1943 Very pleasant 

Several old friends came today, among them Mr. Savides, 
He is of dark complexion with heavy black eyebrows. He asked 
about our sheep and if we ever drank sheep's milk. He said that 
in Constantinople during the month of May the natives drink a 
lot of sheep's milk. "It is very good" said Mr. Savides and 
recommended us to try ti some time. 

Overnight guests were Lieutenant St. George Griswold 
and his wife who are pictured in this morning's paper, the 
Boston Herald. They attended recent launching exercises of the 
submarine chaser 1331 in the waters of Dorchester Bay. 



Monday, June 28, 1943 Pleasant 

Two handsome lieutenants of the U. S. Air Corps came 
for luncheon today and spent sometime telling about their ex- 
periences in England. They have just returned after two years 
there. They met the King and Queen at Bournemouth in Hampshire. 
Also Sir Archibald Sinclair, Minister for Air. Much of their 
flying was done with the Royal Air Force. They visited English 
homes from "cottages to castles" and when asked about English girls 
they spoke with enthusiasm, later admitting that they were "not 
so well kept" as American girls. 



Tuesday, June 29, 1943 Pleasant 

The Inn is taking on a more informal air these days. 
Guests are few in number and those who come make themselves very 
much at home. For instance they call upstairs to the third 
floor, "Are you coming for dinner, Mary?" Or they take a chair 
and spend the afternoon in a shady spot on the lawn. Very often 
those who have been coming to the Inn for years bring magazines, 
books and papers and spend a whole day. The neighbors drop in to 
wait for a bus. Or guests arriving from the city use our 
telephone to call neighboring farms for transportation. All this 
tends to create a more friendly, homelike atmosphere. 



Wednesday, June 30, 1943 Pleasant 

Two ladies came on an early bus today and ordered luncheon. 
Then they waited in the yard, s&t in the Parlor and chatted together 
until late in the afternoon. "We've been making a tour of all the 
places our ancestors visited" they told us. They were sisters 
and one of their ancestors married a Mary Maynard of Sudbury. They 
felt quite sure he had once been a guest at the hay.ide Inn. 



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Thursday, July 1, 1943 Pleasant 

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Howe of Marlboro celebrated their 
39th wedding anniversary here tonight and enjoyed dinner served 
on the porch. They took their time and spent a leisurely evening. 
They only child, Kenneth, is in the Air Corps. Vftien last heard from, 
he was in New Guinea. 



Friday, July 2, 1943 Pleasant 

Mrs. Gardiner Fiske of Boston has arrived to stay two or 
three wea«cs. She has been doing strenuous volunteeer work in a 
Boston Hospital and is here for a rest. 

A lad from Detroit, now in the army and stationed at 
Framingham, Mass., was a guest today. He displayed special 
interest in the receipe for Flip. He collects receipes wherever 
he goes and sends them to his father. Father tries them out. If 
he has bad luck he writes the boy and tells him at great length 
just what was wrong. If he has good luck, the son never hears a 
word. 



Saturday, July 3, 194-3 Pleasant 

The house was filled tonight with overnight guests 
including four ensigns, two young ladies and two young men. The 
Waves were 1'rom Pennsylvania and the men from California. Others 
were two couples from Newton, Mass. who arrived on bicycles. 
Several people came in for dinner this evening and the house took 
on a holiday atmosphere. 



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Sunday, July 4, 1943 Cloudy 

The Fourth of July in past years has been a day of 
hot weather and crowds. Today was the opposite. The weather 
was cloudy and cold, the house quiet. In the afternoon two 
middle aged ladies arrived on the bus. Also coming on the same 
bus was a lone soldier. As the ladies ordered supper in the 
Bar-room they turned to the boy - "Have you had anything to 
eat?" they asked. When he replied in the negative they invited 
him to eat with them. The boy was young - and he hesitated. 
"Oh yes, please do stay as our guest" urged the ladies. Later 
they told us that entertaining the boy was for them a great 
treat and they were more than pleased to have had the opportunity 
to do so. 

Bicycles were parked against trees and on the side 
porch today as guests coming to the Inn used this means of 
transportation. 



Monday, July 5, 1943 Rain 

Someone described the situation on the roads today as 
"weird". There was almost no travelling. Cars were few and 
far between. The day was cloudy with a continous drizzle. A fire 
was started on the hearth in the Bar-room to cheer the Inn house- 
hold which included several guests who had stayed the week-end. 
The week-end was, of course, the popular mid- summer holiday but 
there was practically no indication of it. Firecrackers were 
conspicuous by their absence. This was a literally safe and sane 
fourth. 

The youngest visitor today was a baby only a few months 
old. He was the child of a Lieutenant and his wife from Ohio - now 
stationed in Boston. 



Tuesday, July 6, 1943 Very pleasant 

This pleasant day brought forth a party of six ladies 
who were here to celebrate the birthday of one of their number. She 
was a young looking lady of 86 years. 



Wednesday, July 7, 1943 Pleasant 

About two years ago a Mr. Ralph Shaw was a guest at the Inn 
and bought a copy of the "Tales". He read it, then passed it on to 
the Librarian of the Boston, Mass. Public library. She reports that 
ever since receiving the book it has been popular. Hardly ever is it 
"in" the Library. Mr. Shaw was an overnight guest tonight and told 
the story. He peddled down from Keene, New Hampshire on his way home, 
making the entire trip by bicycle. 



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Thursday, July 8, 1943 Pleasant 

The house buzzed with activity at dinner time. Among 
those who stayed late to see the house was Captain Sporl and his 
family from New Orleans. Before entering the service Captain 
Sporl was connected with the New Orleans branch of the Ford 
Company. He said that his father had presented a Bennett watch to 
the Bennett Jewelry Shop in Greenfield Village. This was done 
several years ago. Captain Sporl has visited Greenfield Village and 
is now at Fort Devens, Mass. 



Friday, July 9, 1943 Pleasant 

For two weeks the Inn will be "home" for Mr. floss White 
and his sister who arrived yesterday from Yonkers, New York. They 
stopped off in Worcester to see their sister and brother-in-law, 
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bowker - our faithful Saturday evening friends who 
recommended Mr. Ross and his sister to the Inn. They are charming, 
elderly people and here to enjoy a vacation. They will spend it 
in walking, reading and resting and in seeing their sister in Worcester 
whenever possible. 



Saturday, July 10, 1943 Pleasant 

Mrs. Gardiner Fiske is another guest who is making the 
Inn her home for several weeks. She flits in and out on her way to 
the Millwood Hunt Club on bicycle or horseback. Her husband is 
a pilot on a flying fortress "somewhere in England". Mrs. Fiske is 
prominent in Boston society and maintains two or three houses in 
city and country. For a year past she has volunteered at the Mass. 
General Hospital as an office worker. "I started in the rear of the 
office and worked to the front - in the end helping people to adjust 
their finances in order to pay hospital bills" she said. One can 
hardly picture Mrs. Fiske as a bookeeper, but she says she loves 
figures. She is certainly an attractive, smart little person - 
always cheerful and gay. 



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Sunday, July 11, 194-3 Very w<arm 

American troops have landed between Syracuse 
and Catania on the island of Sicily. Catania is the place 
from which Luigi Monti, the Young Sicilian in "Tales of a 
Wayside Inn" wrote to Mr. Henry Bishop. The letter now 
hangs in the Parlor and is dated Match 25, 1907. Mr. Monti 
explains why he is in Catania. 

"Since ray dear wife's death last Summer 
(she was a sister of T. W. Parsons, the 
Poet) I have been living with my 
daughter, wife of Gen'l di Majo, who, 
after four yeafts service as i^id-de-Camp 
to the King, was lately appointed to 
the command of the District of Catania 
and I am living with them". 



Monday, July 12, 194-3 Very warm 

The funeral of Dr. Frederick W. Perkins took place 
this afternoon in the Jniversalist Church of Lynn, Mass. where 
he was pastor before going -^a- to the parish at Washington, D. C. 
Of late years Dr. Perkins was living in Arlington, Mass. and 
was retired from regular parish duties. He was, however, active 
on important boards and committees of the Universalist Church, 
a wise counselor of officials, spokesman for the fellowship and 
a charter member of the Wayside Inn Retreat. He was the one man 
who had never missed a meeting of the Fraters. Forty-one v'.ayside 
Inn Retreats was his record. He was one of the first three charter 
members. "One had to see Dr. Perkins in some such fellowship 
as the Fraters of the Wayside Inn, hear his funny stories, note 
how he relished a good joke on himself, sense the depth of the 
feeling that he had for the Inn and for old comrades and the 
interest that he had in promising young men, and listen to his 
brilliant discussion of great subjects to really lenow the man as 
he was", writes Dr. van Schaick in the Christian Leader. Yes, the 
Inn has lost a very great and dear friend in the passing of 
Dr. Perkins. His place can never be filled in the ranKs of the 
Fraters. He leaves a vacancy which will be sensed in i.ayside Inn 
Retreats for many years to come. Dr. van schaick kindly called 
the Inn on the phone a few hours after Dr. Perkins' death following 
an operation last Friday. 



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Tuesday, July 13, 1943 Partly cloudy 

Practically a normal Summer day; that is, many guests 
for luncheon and dinner. The hostess buzzed from one group to 
another while pantry and kitchen were hurrying to keep up with 
luncheon and dinner orders which came in quite fast for these 
generally slow days, Among those who came were two Australian 
fliers, guests of Mr. bears from Vnayland. They wore "shorts" and 
were fine looking boys. They asked if we would like to see 
an Australian pound note. They talked a gooddeal about the 
tomito juice they had had for xunch. 



Bednesday, July 14, 1943 Very warm 

Our house guest Mrs. Fiske has announced her intention of staying 
two more weeks. She is a breezy sort of person who spends most 
of her time at the Millwood Hunt Club in Framingham Center, bhe 
has given the servants in her town house on Beacon Street a two 
weeks vacation and says she is enjoying very much her own "vacation" 
at the V.'ayside Inn. 



Thursday, July 15, 1943 Karm 

another very busy day, especially the evening when for 
dinner came Mr. F. A. Rice, President of Ginn & Co., publishers. 
Also young Mr. Liebold, son of Mr. E. G. Liebold. Overnight guests 
were numerous too and occupied every available room. The Pierre 
Lesters from New York returned and are planning to stay several days. 
Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Adams with maid and chauffeur are on their way 
from New York to Belgrade Lakes, Maine. Mrs. Fay Hines Thompson, 
editor on the staff of House and Garden magazine is another house guest. 



Friday, July 16, 1943 Pleasant 

tjad speaking of house guests, Mr. Ross Vihite and M4*s 
Miss Marguerite 'White - brother and sister of Mrs. Bowker in 'Worcester 
are enjoying their stay. They are on a two weeks vacation and have 
spent it in walking and resting around the Inn. Usually they walk in 
the morning and nap in the afternoon. In between times they sit on 
the veranda. Miss white is a quiet little mouse-like person who knits, 
Mr. Vihite is retired from the American Tel ana Tel Company. He 
derives a lot of pleasure from the old furniture. His hobby is wood 
working and in his basement shop has turned out some fine pieces. 



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Saturday, July 17, 1943 



Very warm 



More overnight guests. The house was filled with them 
tonight. Ensign Black who was here about a month ago returned 
for a single room. Mr. H. L. Legg, working in a Government capacity 
is in New England from Detroit and "always wanted to spend a night 
at the Wayside inn". A couple from Weymouth, Mass. who spent 
part of their honeymoon here have come back with friends to stay the 
week-end. Others are Mrs. Fiske, the Whites and Mr. and Mrs. Lester, 



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Sunday, July IB, 1943 Very warm 

A wedding took place in the Martha-Mary Chapel this 
afternoon at 4:30 o f clock. The bride was Miss Barbara Scott 
of Marlboro. The groom was Mr. George Kenneth Day. He was 
in uniform but we failed to find out where he is stationed, as 
usual the groom was not very much in evidence. Attention was 
centered on the bride who wore the traditional white satin 
gown with veil. After the wedding a reception was held in the 
large ball-room with seventy relatives and friends in attendance. 
A buffet supper was served. The bride changed into a travelling 
suit and threw her boquet from the front stairway. The couple 
left amid a shower of confetti. 



Monday, July 19, 1943 Pleasant 

Not for years has grass been seen growing in the path 
which leads to the Mary Lamb School house. Visitors in the 
Summer time who trek across the field to the little red building 
usually keep the path smooth and straight. This year, however, 
the sfternoon "sessions" for guests have been discontinued. The 
blackboard walls no longer resound with the singing of"School 
Days"and McGuffey's Second Reader rests undisturbed on the shelf. 
The Summer school is missed, yet many visitors pay their respects 
to Mary by driving to the school yard and reading the bronze 
memorial tablets there. Others ask at the Bar about Mary and are 
told her story. Many others buy a copy of the book about the 
Sawyer family and their association with the school. The school 
still regains a chief point of interest; the poem still lives in 
the heartsof children and adults alike. Another great American 
tradition preserved for posterity. 



Tuesday, July 20, 1943 Very warm 

The cut flower garden is supplying the Inn bountifully 
with salipiglosis and cosmos. Today the small dining room was 
converted into a cosmos garden. Large bunches of pink and 
white cosmos filled the bay window while a small vase full was 
placed on the mantle shelf against dark green wood-work. The 
salipiglosis is especially pretty this year and is running into 
deep purple and orange shades. Scabiosa are also in bloom and 
zinias are coming along in their usual bright colors. 



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Wednesday, July 21, 1943 Very warm 

Luncheon guests were Eleanor Goulding Greenawalt and 
her husband, he now stationed at Camp Gordon in Georgia. They 
were married in the Martha-Mary Chapel on May 17th. Eleanor 
attended the Wayside Inn schools and will live in Sudbury for the 
duration. She works in the Information office at Wellesley College, 



Thursday, July 22, 1943 Cloudy 

Mr. Ross White and his sister left this afternoon via 
taxi for Worcester where they will spend a few days with their 
sister, Mrs. Bowker. They were here just two weeks and were ideal 
house guests. They spent much of their time on the side porch 
or in their rooms, resting and talking and turned down any suggestion 
of activity except walking. Consequently, to some, their vacation 
seemed a bit dull and uninteresting but for them it was full of rest 
and relaxation - just what was needed and wanted. 



Friday, July 23, 1943 Pleasant 

If the reader had stepped into the Parlor this afternoon 
he would have thought it a typical pre-war scene. Yes indeed, there 
was a large group listening to the stdryof the Inn. Not all of one 
party but two or three groups of people were there together as on* 
busy Summer dayl^ two years ago. They came in at about the same time. 
Four people from Kentucky, three from nearby Framingham and two from 
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. All were attentive and interested guests 
and later hovered around the Bar to buy post-cards. 



Saturday, July 24, 1943 Pleasant 

Relatives of Mr. Lemon were visitors this morning. They 
were Mr. and Mrs. David T. Keay. Mr. Keay is a first cousin of 
Mrs. Lemon. He spoke particularly of Mrs. Betty Paul, Mrs. Lemon's 
mother who lived here with the Lemons and used to show people through 
the Inn. She was a sister of Mr. Keay's father. The Lemon silver 
on the sideboard in the dining room was of special interest to the 
K^-s. The large round Sheffield tray bears the Lemon coat-of-arms 
in the center. 



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Sunday, July 25, 1943 Pleasant 

An atmosphere of pre-war days prevailed today 
when the house became filled with guests at dinner time and 
all through the afternoon. Several large groups were 
conducted through the house. The total number served com- 
pared favorably with a busy Sunday of two years ago. Nothing 
of special consequence occurred. As usual there were many 
Army and Navy uniforms to be seen. 



Monday, July 26, 1943 Pleasant 

Seven little girls came over from Framingham this 
afternoon to honor one of their friends who is moving to 
New York. The girls were not really very little - around 
twelve years old - and they were left alone to enjoy a hearty 
supper by themselves. "I thought they would act more natural 
if they were left alone" said a thoughtful Mother. At first 
they were solemn and quiet but soon we heard giggles from the 
dining room and it was not long before the party showed con- 
siderable livliness; the girls laughed and talked and after 
supper they adjourned to the parlor where each one presented 
a gift to the guest of honor. 



Tuesday, July 27, 1943 Pleasant 

An elderly couple came for luncheon today and proved 
to be the Reverend and Mrs. William A. Knight from Framingham 
Center. Mr. Knight retired from the Congregational Church 
there several years ago and has since made his home there. He 
does considerable work of a ministerial nature however and 
mentioned as one of his former parishoners, Mrs. Wallace Nutting. 
He says that Mrs. Nutting is 90 years old and since her 
husbands death has kept her interest in his business - making 
reproduction antique furniture. "She goes down once a week and 
signs the checks" said Mr. Knight. This was the first outing 
Mt. and Mrs. Knight have had in months. "We're taking a day off", 
they explained. 



Wednesday, July 28, 1943 Very warm 

The cosmos continues in a gorgeous array - pink and 
white and the zenias are unusually large this year. Guests 
comment on them frequently. Someone thought the zenias were 
dahlias - "I've never seen such a display" remarked one lady. 
Scabiosa is luxuriant this year too and is coming in dark and 
light shadex- "Wish I could raise scabiosa like that I" said 



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Wednesday, July 28 - continued 

another guest today. Mr. Davieau usually cuts twice a week 
Tuesday afternoon and Saturday morning and in between times if 
there is a special need for a party or friend. Recently a 
bunch of flowers was sent to Ira Ames, 15 years old, a Summer 
time neighbor who cut his foot and will be confined to a chair 
for several weeks. 



Thursday, July 29, 1943 Hain 

Employees of the Peoples Bank in Marlboro are a friendly 
group and are always most courteous and helpful in rendering 
good service to their clients at the Bank. Tonight they gave 
a surprise party for one of their number "who is leaving. She came 
to the Inn with one of her f trends for dinner. When called into 
the dining room there were nine more friends and fellow Bank 
employees awaiting her. Imagine her surprise and the jolly time 
which followed. Later in the evening srhe was the receipient of a 
very fine travelling bag. 



Friday, July 30, 1943 Partly cloudy 

It is always a pleasure to see old friends and especially 
when they are as good looking and as friendly as Dr. HaydenI He is 
one of Professor Schell's group and a very successful Boston surgeon, 
Once he came to the Inn and stayed several days. He calls everyone 
here by name and is always interested in the current activities of 
the Inn. Today he dropped in for luncheon after performing an 
operation in the Marlboro Hospital. 

Another luncheon guest was a woman 88 years old who ex- 
pressed her very real pleasure at being able to see this "lovely 
old Inn". 



Saturday, July 31, 1943 Partly cloudy 

A fine family consisting of Mother, Father and three 
children came down from Marlboro this noon time to have dinner. 
Mr. Hovanasian, an Armenian, is a successful Dairy iarmer in 
Marlboro. He had never been to the Inn before. Today he was 
giving his family a treat. He became very interested in the old 
cooking utensils and early lighting devices seen in the old Inn 
kitchen. Many of these Mr. Hovanasian had seen used in the old 
country. His face lighted up and his white teeth shone against 
a dark complexion as he described some of his boyhood life to his 
own children. Armenia was was absorbed by the Soviet Union 
shortly after the first ftorld War. 



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Sunday, August 1, 194-3 Very pleasant 

Interesting overnight guests were Helen Zuk of 
Polish descent and E. C. Riechard with his mother. Miss Zuk 
told of her own mother coming to this country when a young 
bride, then widowed with several children to support. "My 
mother didn't believe in waste of any kind. She never wasted 
anything and I don't believe in wastefulness in War time or 
any other time, " said Miss Zuk, who is a bright, well educated 
fine looking young woman. Ensign iliechard, stationed at 
Harvard, was entertaining his mother from New Jersey. "She 
usually takes charge of everything" he said, "but this time 
Mother is my guest and I'm running things. What is there to 
see here?" When we suggested walks and dinner and a trip 
through the house this good looking boy added, "yes, and this 
evening we'll just talk. You see I expect to be leaving Mother 
soon for parts unknown". 



Monday, August 2, 194-3 Very warm 

The Gideon Society have been holding a convention in 
Boston and several of their number have come to the Inn during 
the past few days. There are 600 in attendance. Dr. Chase of 
Waltham came with two visiting Gideons and explained the work 
of their society. Its primary service is to provide bibles where 
ever needed. For instance, it is the Gideon Society which places 
a bible in all hotel rooms. Just now there are hundreds of 
bibles being given by this society to members of the armed forces. 



Tuesday, August 3, 1943 Viarm 

Miss Fisher continues to correspond with many of our 
boys in the service who have graduated from the Wayside Inn 
School. One of them, Bill Piazik, is somewhere in the south- 
west Pacific. He writes that he will be home around the first 
of the year"if all goes along 0. K. iind you can befthat I'll be 
up there to see all of you", nil the ooys write fondly of the 
Inn and speaic longingly of the time when they will be back. Bill 
ends by saying "Give my regards to all . So long and good luck". 
We wish him the best of good luck, oceans of it. 



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Wednesday, August 4> 1943 Partly cloudy 

A very pretty party took place at noon time today when 
a lovely bride from the neighboring town of Acton arranged for 
about 60 guests to be served a wedding breakfast. The wedding took 
place this morning and the relatives and friends attending then 
adjourned to the Inn. The sun shone long enough for the newly- 
weds to receive on the front lawn. Breakfast was served in the large 
dining room. 



Thursday, August 5, 19-43 Cooler, cloudy 

This evening a tall, husky Private walked into the Bar- 
brrom and asked if overnight guests ere accommodated. He made a 
reservation for his wife, his brother and his brother's sweetheart 
who are coming from New York next week. "I'm stationed over at 
the Ammunition Dump" he said, "and walked over from there". It so 
happened that the watchman, Mr. deBairos saw the lone soldier 
walking down Dutton Road and gave him a "lift". He made his res- 
ervation under the name of Private Arthur E. Lennstrom. 



Friday, August 6, 194-3 Pleasant 

The bisters of Senator David I. Walsh stop at the Inn for 
tea or dinner every once in a while and were here today. Miss 
Walsh told us that she is to be the sponsor of the launching of the 
new airplane carrier, "The Wasp" at the tore River Shipyard on 
August 17th. 



Saturday, august 7, 1943 Partly cloudy 

The telephone rang and a familiar voice announced that 
Mr. Robert J. King was speaking and that he and Mrs. King would 
like to come to the Inn tonight to stay over Sunday. Their room is 
usually the Garden room which fortunately was available. We 
learned on their arrival that their trip from Connecticut was a 
sad one, Mrs. King's sister having passed away a few days ago. 



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Sunday, August 8, 194-3 Pleasant 

This was another Sunday like pre-war days. Guests 
flocked in for dinner and several large groups were conducted 
through the house during the afternoon. The day started when 
Mr. Hooker came over from Framingham for Breakfast. John E. Bice, 
prominent attorney in Marlboro came with a family party of six 
at dinner time. Nine members of a camera club spent considerable 
time around the grounds taking pictures and finally came in for 
a hearty dinner. Several Army chaplains were . erved. 



Monday, August 9, 1943 Pleasant 

Gasoline -less days are returning us to a by-gone era. 
Not so much to the Colonial period as to the years called the 
"gay-nineties". Guests arrive on bicycles. Young ladies wear 
pompadours and gay flowers in their hair. Not long ago a trip 
was made to the sea shore. There a man was flying a Kite. Many 
take a walk for recreation. It was a picturesque period. 



Tuesday, August 10, 1943 Pleasant 

A dear little girl and her mother spent the day here 
today and engaged a room while father went off on business. The 
wife was like a little girl too - very young and girlish and 
when mother and daughter were together it was hard to believe they 
were not sisters. Priscilla is seven and a half a.nd brought her 
doll along. Dolls name was "Squeeky". In the late afternoon 
while waiting for Daddy to return Mother read to Priscilla from the 
"Herald", the news written by youngsters Priscilla 1 s own age. She 
sat quietly and listened. Not often do we see as lovely a picture 
of mother and child together. 



Wednesday, August 11, 1943 Pleasant 

Mrs. Gardiner Fiske, who was our house guest for several 
weeks continues to come in once in a Whil§. She has opened her 
house in Weston but spends a good deal of time at the Millwood Hunt 
Club over ohe hill in Framingham. Today she arrived with six others 
on horseback. Mr. and Mrs. Sohier Welch other good friends and 
neighbors were in the group and all enjoyed a jolly luncheon. 
Afterwards they mounted their horses in the driveway and pictures were 
taken. The party rode off in picturesque fashion like guests of a 
hundred years ago. 



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Thursday, August 12, 194-3 Partly cloudy 

Three chaplains who are about to graduate from 
the Harvard Chaplain School found their way to the Inn this 
evening and enjoyed dinner. Then they told where their parishes 
were located before joining the Army; two in North Carolina and 
one in Germantown, Pennsylvania. The latter v/as prowd of the 
fact that nis wife had taught for 20 years in the Longfellow school 
in Germantown. "I want to remember all you have saidabout 
Longfellow so I can tell my wife" he said. Then he bought a copy 
of the Visitor's edition, "Tales of a Wayside Inn". All three 
expressed deep appreciation of their visit ana the hospitality and 
atmosphere ai forded by the Inn. 



Friday, August 13, 1943 Very warm 

Thirty wives of Army and Navy men stationed at Harvard 
came at noon time today and were seated on the porch where 
luncheon was enjoyed. They were young wives and one of them brought 
three small children. They are lonesome girls who are trying to see 
as much of New England as possible while their husbands prepare for 
War service. Practically all were from other states and all wanted 
to send post cards "back home". Several inquired about Sunday meals 
and want to bring their husbands when they have free time from 
their studies. After luncheon the story of the Inn was told and a 
walk was taken to the Mary Lamb school house. The party returned to 
Cambridge on the bus leaving at quarter of four. 



Saturday, August 14, 194-3 Pleasant 

Two steeple jacks have started work on painting the 
steeple of the Chapel. They have brought long ladders and will paint 
the top-most peak - also the weather vane which is on top of that! 
They hope for fair weather when they ascend towards the sky. 



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Sunday, August 15, 1?43 Pleasant 

Sunuay visitors i^.c- *aea Jean Weeks Scro bo iiiS. ohe 
was formerly a nurse in the henry rora Hospital, one had the 
priveie^e and pleasure 01 taking care of Mrs. Clay, Mrs. 
Josephine Fora anu Mrs. jjuaei Ford. She v-a^ inarriea in the 
Martha-Mary Chanel it Green 1'iexa Village, nil attrdctive 
young iaay, Mrs. Scro^gins was particularly interested in the 
Chapel here. 



Monday, august ±b, 1943 Pleasant 

« congenial grou^ of guests spent the night here 
tonight, at least they became congeniax ana friendly as they 
sat in the barroom alter dinner. There were Mr. Fernaj-id and 
i)v . tsaniora from Syracuse, New York and Mr. ana Mrs. Chandler 
Cuaxi^p with two children from Connecticut. Others were Mrs. 
.,i_Lliam h. Allen and her daughter ana a Mrs. Olive F. ihornton. 
The Cuuiipp children were very bright ana entertaining, iney 
urew pictures ana at>Kcu questions and maue themselves pleasant 
company without bein 6 "in the way", uv. banford talked with 
Mr. Uuaxipp ana Mrs. ihornton who lives in ouaour^ tola of 
just saying goodbye to her son who is in the service. "I 
couldn't bear to spend the night at home alone, so thought it 
would be pleasant to come here," she saiu. 



Tuesday, August 17, 1943 .Pleasant 

Recent uests were our old friends Mrs. Sharaf 
and her daughter. Usually the Sharaf family come on Sunday out 
this time mother anu daughter were alone. Mrs. Sharaf cou^a 
hardly wait to texx about her daughter, Miss Gloria Sharaf, 
who is quite a well icnown concert pianist. It seems she is 
concertizing all over the country now for men of the armed 
forces. Jn August 15 (last Sunday) sne fc ave a concert on one ol 
the largest U. S. battleships afloat. It was in uoston Harbor 
ana the piano upon \tfiich Miss Sharaf placed was ta^en aboard 
especially lor the occasion. This was the first time sucn a 
gesture was ever made to a pianist. Naturally Miss Sharaf felt 
honored aria told us that it was a thrilling experience. She 
played to hunareus of Navy men assemoleu iroiu all the sni F s in 
uoson Harbor. The piano was F iaceu on aeck ana unuer a Drignt 
moon the concert was given. It was a complete program ol class- 
ical music ana when finished tne men shoutea ana shouted ior 
more. 



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Stuart's unfinished portrait of Washington which 
is zo familiar to all school miiaren is owned by the ooston 
uduseum of ririe Arts. It has Deen storeu in bhe basement for 
tne uuration, uceoruiii to to a b uest touay , Miss Rosalie Johnston 
14 ^ears aia. Rosalie who lived in new iork at the t»iae, cho^ 
as the suuject oj. a school composition, tne life of otuart. 
One uay this summer while visitin^ in noston sn c went 00 the 
Museum anu asKeu 00 bee tne portrait, The curator was inter- 
esteu in ner request anu because she nau come so iar anu seeweu 
so uisappointeu at not finding tne picture, accompanied Rosalie 
uown several flights of stairs. There in the ceixur alter IojK.- 
ing over several Copley's anu Stuart's, the cherisheu portrait 
was lounu. Rosalie was thrineo witn the priveie b e 01 seeing 
the actual painting* £>he, witn her mother anu father stayeu 
here over night en route to their new home in iffelleslev hills, 
Massachusetts. 



Thursday, august 19, 1943 Very pleasan£ 

An interesting guest touaj was Mr. Charles F. 
Rundlet of New ioric who saiu tnat his mother was a favorite 
of Longfellow's as a little girl, lie caxleu her kiss Anna. Mr. 
Rundlet remembers Longfellow hexpin^ him, a very small boy, anu 
his mother from a horse car on Broadway , Lambria^e. he even 
recalls the color of the car anu has a viviu recollection of 
the poet. 



Friday, "ugust 20, x->4j> Pleasant 

The summertime thrill of meeting people from 
distant places is now in exlect anu ohe register book shows 
Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Jhio anu Wisconsin represent- 
ed. Today a lauy from Portland, ure b on expressed her enthusi- 
asm lor the Inn and ended Oy repeating several times, "These 
things mean so much to me.". 



Saturday, August /ft^ 1943 Very pleasant 

h rather uejecled Mr. i J eattie arriveu this morn- 
ing at II o'clock. Now ivlr. Peattie was never Known to have 
smiled much and touay the corners seemed lower than ever De- 
fore. "Dear me", saiu Mr. P., "I've been travelling ever since 
7:*:G tnis morning to b et here. Came Dy bus, trolley anu train. 
May I sit down anu rest?" After a few minutes "rest"Mr. Peattie 
described his journey from New ueuioru. It meant changing at 
three different points and riuin b under most auverse conui- 
tions; crowueu cars anu a warm uay."nut I thought I must come 
to find out how things were D oin b here," continued our guest 
who has ceen nere many times Deiore. he stayeu tiix mid-after- 
noon roamin 6 around by himself anu enjoying a 4uiet time. An- 
other characteristic of tar. Seattle's is that he maxes very 
little conversation. Ihe account 01 nis trip was relatively 
an oration. 



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Sunday, August 22, 1943 Very pleasant 

A War-weary Red Cross worker found the Inn a place of 
refuge this afternoon when whe and her husband arrived to stay over- 
night. She was Mrs. Rex Pelz of Pelham, New York, Chairman of the 
Red Cros s Motor Corps for Westchester County. Immediately on 
arrival Mrs. Pelz telephoned back to make sure everything was all 
right. "I work 24. hours a day" she said "and besides being on duty 
for the Red Cross I have two nurses in my home taking care of my 
Mother. Also my daughter with a very small baby". Mrs. Pelz 
looked fairly exhausted, but expressed enthusiasm over the Inn as 
a place to rest. She and Mr. Pelz will continue their trip tomorrow 
and stay for a few days at Boothbay Harbor, Maine. On their return 
they will again make the Inn a stopping point. 



Monday, August 23, 1943 Pleasant 

Delightful dinner guests were young-looking Mr. and Mrs. 
Wilson from So. Hadley, Massachusetts. who informed us that their 
last visit to the Inn was 14 years ago. At that time they brought 
their baby daughter who is now "quite a young lady". Mrs. Wilson 
remembers that her baby was rocked in one of the cradles belonging 
to the Inn. This experience will be a cherished memory for Marjorie 
all through her life explained Mrs. Wilson. The Wilsons have had 
many interesting experiences themselves ^in these fourteen years. 
They have travelled in England and France and lived for a time in 
Africa. Their three children are all grown up now and spending the 
Summer in Maine camps. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson seemed a bit lonely tonight. 



Tuesday, August 24, 1943 Pleasant 

Other guests yesterday were Mr. ana Mrs. Joseph Getlar Smith; 
he^an artist frith studios in New York. Not every day does one 
appreciate the Inn as did Mr. Smith who found here the natural, genuine 
Colonial atmosphere which he was seeking. "I've been to many old 
houses and to Williamsburg, but I like this best of all" he said. The 
furniture, the low studded rooms and the old kitchen appealed particularly 
and Mr. Smith made a promise that he would return in the Winter possibly 
to paint some pictures. 



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Wednesday, august 25, 194-3 Pleasant 

Mrs. E. Clifford Potter of Newton, Massachusetts has 
presented an old picture of the Inn showing a covered wagon 
in the front yard. It is a photograph of an etching. This is not 
new as the historical file contains several copies of the same picture. 
On the bade of Mrs. Potter's gift, however, is an Obituary account 
of the artist who maae the original etching, Mr. Albert E. Bellows. 
He was born in 1829 and died in 1883. His early life was spent in 
Boston. Later he studied at the Royal Academy in Antwerp and 
returned to establish a studio in New York. Summers were spent in 
Auburndale, Mass. and we presume it was during his Summer sojourn 
in New England that he made the picture of the Inn. 



Thursday, August 26, 1943 Pleasant 

Bill Twiddy is just now having "leave" from his duties in the 
engine room of a British War vessel.. He came to the Inn today 
together with three ship mates -torn* were being entertained by a lady in 
Concord. The very name "Twiddy" is suggestive of a Britisher and 
Bill was typically British. He spoke of being in New York City and 
said that a visit there was surely "disastrous to the pocket"! His 
home is in Boston, England and he seemed to know a good deal of the 
town's history, the restoration^ of the parish church and how the 
Pilgrim ship "Mayflower" had set sail from Boston before taking on its 
famous passengers at Plymouth. Twiddy went on to tell of the hospital- 
ity shown to him by the American people "I just can't take a walk"! he 
exclaimed .... meaning that he was always invited to ride in a car. 



Friday, August 27, 19-43 Cloudy, rain 

Noon time today brought some delightful luncheon guests. 
There were three or four groups, a man and his wife from Texas, two 
women from Boston and a couple from New York with their young son. The 
last mentioned finally met the people from Texas ana all drove in one 
car to the Mill, Chapel and school house. They became good friends. 
But before leaving the Inia they made a thorough inspection of each room 
and expressed over and over again in serveral different ways their 
appreciation and interest. They were the type of people who brought 
to the Inn a great deal of happiness and pleasure, particularly welcome 
on a dismal day. 



Saturday, August 28, 1943 Partly cloudy 

A lonely boy, touring New England on his bicycle, stopped here 
for the night tonight. He was not lonesome for very long however. Two 
other overnight guests engaged the boy in conversation and soon the 
three were having a jolly, friendly time. The boy was tall, of High 
School age and came from Rockville Center, Long Island, New York. His 
name - Herbert Audly. 



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Sunday, August 29, 194-3 Pleasant 

A tall good looking Ensign brought his girl to the 
Inn for dinner today. "My gracious, I haven't been in this 
place lor eighteen years", volunteered the boy who looked as 
if he hadn T t seen more than eighteen years in his whole life. 
"And I came here when I was six years old", added the sweet young 
blond at his side. The choice for dinner was presented and 
the question asked as to whether mashed or French fried potatoes 
were wanted. "We'll have .trench fried if they are as good as 
wher* we were here before, came the reply. The hostess hastily 
responded with the information that the potatoes would undoubted- 
ly be the same because Emma, the very same cook was here to cook 
them. 



Monday, August 30, 1943 Pleasant 

Mrs. Eussel Harmon and her family hve been coming to 
the Inn for years. When she i'irst came > Mrs. Harmon's three sons 
were small boys. Now the boys are grown up and all are in the 
Army Air Corps. Two of them are twins. Today Mrs. Harmon told 
of their whereabouts and how much she misses them. "I keep their 
pictures on the piano in the living room and every aay I put fresh 
flowers near them". Then she spoke of the flowers here. The 
suggestion was made that she take some of the Wayside Inn flowers 
to place on the piano. "I shall certailv write to the boys about 
this visit" said Mrs. Harmon, "and the flowers will mean so much. 
The boys have always been so fond of the Inn". This brave mother 
told us that she had often thought that if her loss was "too 
terrible" she would come to the Inn. She would make it a haven for 
peace and calm". 



Tuesday, August 31, 194-3 Pleasant 

Today brought forth as much business as a mid- summer 
day before the war. Guests were arriving and leaving continuously 
from early morning until late at night. Among those arriving were 
two young ladies from Connecticut. They came on bicycles and 
hastily apologized for their travelling attire. "We haven't any aress- 
up clothes to wear", they said, "but we would love to stay in this 
wonderful old house". Who could dampen such enthusiasm with an 
insistance upon conventional attire? At the very end of this hust- 
ling and bustling day, just as the front door was about to be closed 
at ten thirty o'clock- four people came to the front steps and 
asked this question: "Do you icnow of any place around here where 
a couple could be married tomorrow afternoon?" The Martha-Mary 
Chapel was suggested, a hurried telephone call was made to a Sudbury 
v\*inister. A wedding dinner menu was submitted. All arrangements for 
a hasty informal war marriage were completed. Thus the day ended. 



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Wednesday, September 1, 1943 Cloudy, rain 

The wedding mentioned yesterday - so hastily planned - 
was one of the most inters ting ever held in the Martha-Mary Chapel. 
It was interesting primarily because of its informality. The 
chapel was open at the appointed time, 4 o'clock. The wedding 
party was small j the minister, the bride and groom, the bride's 
sister, the best man and two friends. Other witnesses were the two 
house guests who rode to the Chapel on their bicycles. The last 
witness, but not the least, was a casual Inn visitor ..ho happened 
to be an organist. As time for the ceremony neared, an impromptu 
program of organ music was played. Then came the strains of the 
(amiliiar Lohengrin march. The service was solemn and dignified, yet 
the wedding couple were hardly more than children. They were gay 
and friendly as they came out of the Chapel. Suddenly all eyes were 
cast on the two bicycles. On the rear end of each was a large 
paper sign - "New Hampshire or bust". Amid shrieks of laughter and 
lfcoud applause the bride and groom hopped on the two "wheels", From 
the Chapel to the Inn tiiey pedaled, the wedding party following 
on foot. . Supper was served for six. The bride and groom departed- 
but not for long. They returned to spend the night here and 
registered as Mr. and Mrs. Herbert M. Patterson, Miami, Florida. 



Thursday, September 2, 1943 Cloudy 

Dinner guests this evening included Mr. Lawrence E. Ellis 
who remembers vividly the meeting at Plymouth, Vermont in 1924 when 
Mr. Coolidge presented Mr. Ford with the Sap bucket. Mr. frill is was 
there as a representative of the Fox Film Co. and snapped many 
pictures of the famous event. Tonight he gave his title as that of 
Boston Camera man for Fox Movie Tone. With Mr. Ellis was Mr. E. C. 
Sparable, Engineer and Technical Director of 20th Century Fox Film, 
New York City. 



Friday, September 3, 1943 Cloudy 

An English woman who spent an afternoon here while visiting 
an American friend a few months ago, is now safely back at her home in 
Surrey. She made a hazardous trip by plane via Lisbon and has 
recently sent an interesting letter to her American hostess. In this 
she mentions the Inn. She says: "In the hurly-burly of today, I 
remember our tea at that lovely spot, the Viayside Inn. By thinking 
of it I can be quiet". 



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Saturday, September 4, 1943 Partly cloudy 

This week-end promises to be a heavy one with the Labor 
Day holiday coming next Monday. Many reservations have been made 
for meals and rooms and tonight every available guest room was 
occupied. Mrs. Millard H. Jenks, wife of the President of St. 
Lawrence University at Canton, New York arrived yesterday with 
son Kimball to stay until Tuesday. Also spending the night to- 
night were the recent bride and groom who were married in the 
Martha-Mary Chapel, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert M. Patterson. 



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Sunday, September 5, 19-43 Cloudy 

Men, women and children flocked into the house all day 
long. Many of the men and women, too were in uniform. During 
the thick of business in the afternoon an Ensign and his wife 
were encountered. They told of being here on a quiet day last winter. 
"We took away with us such a wonderful impression of peacefulness 
and quietness, this busy day with its crowds rather spoils the 
picture we have carried in our memory". But they were gay and 
cheerful and spent considerable time in having dinner and wandering 
around the house and grounds. Many did likewise until the evening 
shadows fell and an early Fall darkness surrounded the Inn. Inside, 
ten overnight guests were accommodated. 



Monday, September 6, 1943 Very warm 

LABOR DAY 

Today was similiar to yesterday. The house was filled 
with visitors and meal guests coming and going. Towards evening 
the crowd began to thin out and an account of the overnight guests 
sas taken. Dr. Banford brought two house guests from Utica, New York. 
His secretary and a girl friend. The girls will stay on for a week, 
Dr. Banford returning to Utica this afternoon. In the "Jerusha" 
room, 2nd floor, is Mrs. William A. Sunday, wife of the famous 
evangelist. She will stay for a few days rest after speaking before 
a large audience in Cambridge this afternoon. Mrs. Jenks and Kimball 
are continuing their visit with frequent walks and talks together. 

Tuesday, Spetember 7, 1943 Cloudy 

Mrs. Sunday registered in the Special guest book today 
and underneath her name wrote: Isaiah 41-10 and Proverbs 3*- 
5 and 6. The quotations are as follows: 

Isaiah 41-10 "Fear thou not; for I am with 

thee; be not dismayed j for I am 
thy God: I will strengthen thee; 
yea, I will help thee; yea, I 
will uphold thee with the right 
hand of my righteousness." 

Proverbs 3, 

5 and6 

"Trust in the Lord with all thine 
heart; and lean not unto thine 
own understanding. 
In all thy ways acknowledge him, 
and he shall direct thy paths. 

Twenty-seven years ago Mrs. Sunday came to Boston with 
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their popular meetings. "We tried to reach everybody" said 
Mrs. Sunday today. "We didn't talk to just the 'down and out 1 
yype of people, but to all classes. We would contact a prominent 
social matron and have her arrange Parlor or Drawing Room 
meetings. My husband could speak before any kind of an audience'. 1 
She recalled that Billy was once a member of the White Stockings, 
a National League Baseball team in Chicago. It was while 
attending a meeting in the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago that 
Mr. Sunday was converted. The year was 1886 and from that time 
on Mr. Sunday became better and better known as a great speaker and 
preacher. Mr. Sunday died eight years ago and Mrs. Sunday carries 
on - speaking wherever and whenever there is a need. She is a tall, 
large woman with dark brown eyes anu black hair. She has one son 
left from four children. He is in the Navy and stationed in 
California. Reverend John «. Huffman of the Community Church, 
Cambridge is Chairman of the Campaign Committee which is sponsoring 
Mrs. Sunday's talks. Yesterday she spoke to 14.00 people gathered 
under a large tent in the church yard. 

Wednesday, September 8, 1943 Cloudy 

Five girls of about the ages of 10 and 12 years stopped 
here today for a dish of ice cream. They were on their way from 
Wayland to Stowe on horseback. As is customary, the horses were 
given a rest too. Saddles were removed and while three of the 
party partook of the refreshments, the other two tended the horses. 
Then they swapped places. All were in riding togs and behaved like 
veteran equestrians. 

Thursday, September 9, 1943 Cloudy 

A copy of the Worcest3r Telegram for Sunday September 5th 
has been received. This contains three pictures of the Inn and a 
description of activities here during War time. The account was 
written under the feature title "Nancy Burncoat's Letter". Miss 
Burncoat came to the Inn a short time ago to glean material for her 
article. She is so enthusiastic over the Inn as a place of refuge 
for War-weary travellers that she is considering a national article 
on the same subject. Before writing it, however, she hopes to 
come here to stay for a few days. 

Friday, September 10, 1943 Pleasant 

People from East Lyme, Connecticut visited the Inn today. 
They were Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Heseltine who manage the Bride Brook 
Farm Inn. Their descriptive pamphlet tells of the Bride Brook 
region and its historic associations and describes the house as a 
fine example of Colonial architecture built in 1750. It speaks 

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of a great chimney and big fireplaces. The Hesel tines tola us that 
when showing people through their house they inquire: "Would you like 
to take a tour around the chimney?" 



Saturday, September 11, 1943 Pleasant 

The most important guest today was a Mrs. Ingalls, 86 years old 
stopping here on her way from Maine to Connecticut. Special permission 
was granted by the 0. P. A. for Mrs. Ingalls to make the trip; that is, 
a special ration of gasoline was allowed. Mrs. Ingalls belongs to a 
family who live long. One of her sisters lived to be 101 years old and 
another 96. A cousin who is now 96 years old walked a mile this 
Summer to see her. The mile was up and down several hills. Mrs. Ingalls 
expressed pleasure at being here. The Inn is one of her favorite places. 



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Sunday bepteniber 12, 194-3 Very pleasant 

a young man of German birth in the uniform of 
the U. S. Army was one of the most interested visitors today. 
He came early with two of his comrades from a training school 
at Clark University in Worcester. The three stayed for 
several hours. They enjoyed dinner and afterwards roamed 
through the house and around the grounds. Then they returned 
to see more of the house. The young man mentioned above 
picked up a Betty lamp. It reminded nim of a lamp made by 
a soldier friend stationed in Alabama. He recently made a 
similar lamp out of a shoe polish can. The cover of the can 
werved as a container for oil. A buckle from a Fatigue 
jacket was used to hold a piece of string which was lighted 
as a wick. To complete tiie lamp, a milk bottle was broken in 
half j the upper half making the lamp chimney. An amusing 
product of ingenuity from within the ranks of our armed forces! 



Monday, September 13, 1943 Pleasant 

A party of eighteen dinner guests enjoyed the Inn 
recently and after a conducted tour of the house one of them 
spoke to the hostess about a trip he had maae to Europe in 
1933 • He went over on the liner Bremen with only eighty 
passengers aboard. Among them were Mr. and Mrs. Ford. Our 
guest, Commander John W. Cruder of the U. 8. Naval Reserve, told 
of an evening on board ship when the passengers were enjoying 
after-dinner dancing. Mr. and Mrs. Ford joined the group. They 
danced easily to the swing of a waltz and soon attracted so much 
attention that everyone else stopped to watch. This was 
repeated several times during the voyage. 



Tuesday, September 14-, 194-3 Pleasant 

Six people from Grafteon, Mass. arove to the Inn this 
evening to celebrate a birthday. The guest of honor was the 
young lady of the family. She had reached the age, however, of 
not feeling young ana the number of candles on the cake did not 
divulge her age. It was a very pretty cake made by her mother 
and decorated with dark, chocolate icing. White "flowers" made 
of marshmallows were interspersed among a few candles. 



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Wednesday, September 15, 1943 Partly cloudy 

Mrs. Harmon, the lady mentioned in e Diary of recent 
date as having three sons in the War and keeping fresh flowers 
near their pictures, returned today bringing one of her sons 
together with two Australian fliers. Needless to say all enjoyed 
the Inn thoroughly. Mrs. Harmon made a perfect hostess and the 
Australians felt it a special treat and privilege to see the Inn. 



Thursday, September 16, 194-3 Pleasant 

Six Army chaplains were dinner guests this evening 
coming from their training school at Harvard. Their parishes 
before entering the service were widely scattered; Baltimore, 
Maryland, Wolcott New York, Port Carbon Pennsylvania, Kilgore 
Texas and Walton Indiana. .The enthusiasm of these ministers 
for the Inn was unbounded, especially after seeing the old 
kitchen and then hearing about the Tales of a Wayside Inn as 
they sat in the Parlor. Before leaving they bought several 
books and postal cards to "show the folks back home". 



Friday, September 17, 1943 Pleasant 

Another birthday party took place this evening in the 
small dining room when five young ladies sat down for dinner 
served at 7 o'clock. The table was decorated with yellow 
zenias, white cosmos and white asters. Two pewter candle sticks 
flanked the center piece and a cake decorated in green and yellow 
completed the color scheme. 



Saturday, September 18, 1943 Pleasant 

The Inn Library is the receipient of a fine new book - 
"The Heart of Burroughs 's Journals". It is not a new book from 
the standpoint of date of publication (1928) but it is a fresh 
new copy and came as a gift from the Library of a Mr. Petty in 
Brocton, Mass. Mr. Petty has been coming to the Inn over a period 
of years. His interest in old houses has been expressed many 
times. Not until a very recent visit, however, did we learn of 
his interest in literature. He has a library of several thousand 
volumes, nearly catalogued in a small note book, which he carries 
in his pocket. Upon learning that the Inn library was not 
supplied with the Burroughs book, Mr. Petty checked his list. He 
discovered a duplicate. This is the fine copy recently received. 



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Sunday, September 19, 1943 Very pleasant 

An Array chaplain who visited the Inn today was very 
much impressed v.ith the Mary Lamb school house ana pleased 
that books were available aboi't it. So grateful was he for the 
opportunity of purchasing the "story of Mary's Little Lamb" that 
he bought twelve copies I "I'll distribute these throughout 
Arizona and the state of Washington" said he. The books were 
neatly wrapped and the chaplain tucked them under his arm. He 
boarded the east bound bus at 4 o'clock to return to Cambridge 
where he is studying in the Chaplain's Training School at Harvard. 



Monday, September 20, 1943 Very pleasant 

The house has taken on a kind of subdued atmosphere 
today. Only the sound of a "tick-tock" is heard. It seems to 
say "back again, back again" - meaning back to normal after a 
day filled with hustle and bustle. Yesterday the talk and 
laughter and moving around of hundreds of guests completely 
obliterated the gentle voice of the old clock. But it still stands 
in its accustomed place, serene and dignified. So will the Inn 
itself stand when the World with its turmoil and strife, is once 
more "back again". 



Tuesday, September 21, 1943 Pleasant 

This is the story of a book and how it came into being. 
Mr. M. a. Shafer had spent many Summers at Pemaquid Point, Maine 
and he loved its rugged coast and restless surf pounding against 
great rocks. One day he encountered a wealthy .woman who also loves 
Pemaquid. Mr. Shafer remarked to the woman that he wished he could 
publish some of the poems he had written about the Maine sea- coast. 
The wealthy woman made no remark at the time, out two weeks later 
wrote Mr. Shafer asking if he would ieindly submit, prices from 
publishers in regard to his proposed book. Mr. Shai'er secured an 
estimate from three publishers. "And I thought their prices 
absolutely prohibitive" he said today. But the letters were 
sent to the rich lady and soon she telegraphed back to Mr. Shafer - 
"Accept offer of Norwood Press". The book is now a reality and sells 
under the title "Pemaquid Point and other Poems". The price, *pl.00. 
This is not all, however. The best part of the story follows. The 
lady, who requested her name to be with-held, instructed Mr. Shaf er 
to place all proceeds from the sale of the books in a fund for the 
use of his church. His church is the Pirst Congregational in 
Vi'rentham, Mass.j Mr. Shafer having been the minister th re for over 
twenty years. Today he came to the Inn *vith a party of four and 
several copies of "Pemaquid Point". He presented a copy to the Inn 
library. 



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Wednesday, September 22, 1943 Rain, Cloudy 



FANCY 



I walked with the winds 
Out over the sea 

Ana they wnispered there 
This secret to me 



Don't take in your life 
Too serious thought 

Of the problems, grave, 

Which mortals have wrought 



Be free in your soul 

And roam where you will 
Then joy, rich, supreme 

Will your spirit fill 



Your life is a sea 

Your fancy the breeze 

Sail forth, then, soul 

And God's treasure seize, 



From Pemaquid Point and 

Other Poems by 
Melville Arthur Shafer 



Thursday, September 23, 1943 Pleasant 

Two Autralian fliers gave the Inn folks a little treat 
today by telling of their life and travels. One of them was 
born in China. His father was an official in the Chinese customs. 
But he had iived in Australia six years. The other one was born 
in Australia and had never been away from inhere until now. Both 
wore a single wing, signifying their positions as bomadiers. Only 
Pilots were a double wing. Both thought Boston better than any 
English city. "Its not so conservative" they said. 



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Friday, September 24, 1943 Pleasant 

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor have come to Boston to 
visit Mrs. Bessie Merriman , aunt of the Duchess who is con- 
valescing in a Boston hospital. According to the newspapers these 
distinguished visitors plan to do some sightseeing. Their 
historical pilgrimage may include a visit to the Inn. ue are on 
the lookout for them. 



Saturday, September 25, 1943 Partly cloudy 

A most thrilling story came to our attention today 
and the Inn had the privilege of entertaining the woman who told 
it, iyirs. Ethel G. Bell. She was one of nineteen who spent 
20 days on a raft. The ship on which Mrs. Bell, a missionary, was 
returning from Africa, was torpedoed and sunk in two minutes. 
Mrs. Bell found her two children. 9 and 12 years old, as she came 
to the surface of the water. All three clung to a plank until a 
raft came near enough for them to climb aboard it. It was a 
wooden raft with benches on four sides. Nineteen days and nights 
they tossed about - often seeing sharks ana wondering if they 
would ever be rescued. Rations were small, they mearly starved; 
two died from exposure. Mrs. Bell conducted a short prayer 
service every morning and night. At ong last they were sighted 
by a convoy. But to make a bad matter worse, the raft was taken 

for a submarine and was fired upon I "But God saved us" said 
Mrs. Bell today. The brave little party were landed at 
Barbadoes and taken to a hospital where Mrs. Bell and her children 
stayed for two weeks. The children are now in a Missionary school 
somewhere in the South while Mrs. Bell lectures on her 
experience before church groups and such. She looked frail and 
her cheeks were pale but her Faith is unbounded. This story, more 
in detail, appeared in Good Housekeeping magazine for August. '»e 
deemed it an honor to shake the hand of this courageous woman. Her 
adderss is - 260 West 44th Street, New York, N. Y. c/o Christian 
and Missionary Alliance. 



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Sunday, September 26, 1943 Very pleasant 

Mary Martin, actress, playing at the Plymouth Theatre 
in Boston was a dinner guest this evening. She came with her 
husband, Mr. Halliaay, and a lady guest. This was not Miss Martin's 
first visit. She was here about a year ago. Both she and her 
husband enjoyed the n^use at that time and wanted to return when 
circumstances permitted. 



Monday, September 27, 1943 Pleasant 

At the very end of the day, three dinner guests lingered 
in the Bar-room. One of them was an ex school teacher from Tacoma, 
Washington. She might have stepped from a story book, so rolly- 
polly was she with pink eheeksand sparkling eyes. Her hair was 
bordering on gray but she had the enthusiasm of a young girl when 
she told of her first school in Mineral, Washington. She went out 
there from New England and taught a room full of lively country 
youngsters, some of them older than their teacher. Eight grades 
in onat one room. After school the teacher used to go horseback 
riding with one of her "boys". Vie don't know whether this boy is 
now the husband who was left behind in Tacoma, but our guest 
regretted very much that he was not present to hear the story of 
Longfellow in the Parlor of the Inn. "He would so enjoy all that 
poetry" she said. 



Tuesday, September 28, 1943 Very pleasant 

The Boston representative of the International Harvester 
Company brought two guests to the Inn this afternoon on a sight 
seeing tour. They were Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Scarratt, he a vice - 
president of International Harvester from Chicago. 



Wednesday, September 29, 1943 Pleasant 

Admiral Charles H. Davis was a visitor today and told of 
his interest in automobiles. As a young man he used to race and 
crossed the country in 42 days. He has owned several different makes 
of cars but now drives a Ford. At one time, Admiral Davis said he 
slmost bought the Wayside Inn from Mr. Lemon. He was also interested 
in a house where James Russell Lowell lived. Now he regrets not 
having purchased them. He lives on Cape Cod part of the year and 
spends some of his time in New York. 



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Thursday, September 30, 1943 Cloudy and rain 

Our sheep grazing in a pasture across the road 
reminded a woman today of her girlhood which was spent in 
Brookline, Mass. There, at one of the large estates, she 
used to see lambs grazing on the front lawn. But they were 
very special lambs. Every Saturday they were washed and a pink 
or blue ribbon was tied around their middles. Sunday they 
made an elegant appearance. People walked or rode miles to 
see them. It was one oi' the things to do on a Sunday afternoon. 
The lambs looked like walking toys with their pur white fleece 
and pink ana blue ribbons. 



Friday, October 1, 1943 Rain 

Conrad Nagle has been here several times and came 
again today. He is playing in Boston and brought with him an 
actress, Miss Elizabeth Scott. Mr. Nagle and his party came in 
from the rain late this afternoon and ordered dinner. Them they 
walked to the school house. They all enjoyed the house too. 
Mr. Nagle has a keen appreciation of old things. 



Saturday, October 2, 1943 Pleasant 

A picture has been received of the Nurses Aid Class 
which was entertained here recently by Mr. Carroll Daley of 
Marlboro. The nurses aids are, { of course, Red Cross volunteers 
who give their time to assisting nurses in hospitals. The 
picture shows them in attractive uniforms sitting in front of 
the fireplace in the large Ball-room. Dinner was served and an 
enjoyable evening spent by all. It was a very generous gesture 
on the part of Mr. Daley. 



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Sunday, October 3, 1943 Partly cloudy 

Almost every day we hear of someone in a distant 
place to whom the Inn has been an inspiration. At least 
it has made a lasting impression. A visit here has proved 
to be an unforgettable experience. Such was the reaction of 
a young man who visited the Inn about a year ago. He is 
a musician and lives in South Dakota. Today the friends who 
introduced him to the Inn returned. They told us that the 
young musician mentions in every letter his visit to the Inn. 
He often remarks that his day here was the very best day he 
spent while touring the East. 



Monday, October 4, 194-3 Pleasant 

Recent Gue sts: 

Mr. R. H. Curry from Nassau in the 
Bahamas . 

Dr. and Mrs. M. P. Buell from 
Dearborn, Michigan. He is Health 
Office for Dearborn and several 
years ago lived in Sudbury. 

Tuesday, October 5, 1943 Pleasant 

Twenty-eight nurses belonging to the Alumni 
Association of the Framingham Hospital partook of dinner 
served on the porch this evening. Afterwards they adjourned 
to the Ball-room where colored pictures were shown. 

Wednesday, October 6, 1943 Very- pleasant 

A unique way of celebrating a 25th Wedding 
Anniversary was enjoyed today by Mr. and Mrs. A. B. West 
of Lexington, Mass. Mr. and Mrs. West hitched their old 
mare Glendower Lee to a buggy and rode over the back roads 
to the Inn. Glendower Lee stayed the night in the barn 
and didn't seem to mind "visiting out". Mr. and Mrs. nest 
are lovers of the country and the day was a perfect one. The 
lovely Autumn foliage made a beautiful picture in every 
direction. 

Twenty students from the Vesper George School of 
Art were dinner guests. Also a group of thirty-six teachess 
from Marlboro enjoyed their evening meal here. 



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Thursday, October 7, 1943 Partly cloudy 

A new hostess has come to help Miss Fisher and 
Miss Staples. She is Miss Ann Jouannet, a graduate of the 
Framingham Normal School in 1941. Ann doesn't want to teach 
but her training should be of value, expecially in conducting 
guests through the house. So far she is just trying to absorb 
a lot of information about an entirely new subject. 



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Saturday, October 9, 1943 Pleasant 

Perfect Fall days are bringing a great many guests to 
the Inn. Many of them spend their time out of doors and just 
bask in the warm October sunshine. There is pleanty of it and 
plenty of lovely Autumn coloring to look upon. The leaves have 
not put on as brilliant a display this year, however. Their 
tones are more sombre and subdued. Nevertheless there has been 
a long stretch of fine weather to make a visit to the country an 
intriguing event. Dr. Banford from Dtica, New York has engaged 
a room for chree days and other guests are staying more than one 
night. Tonight the rooms are fillea. . Even the "Parsons" 
room is being pressed into service. 



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Steeple- jacks putting a 
new coat of paint on the 
Marth-Mary Chapel. This 
work was done the latter 
part of August. 



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Sunday, October 10, 194-3 Very pleasant 

The War makes shortages. There is a shortage of butter, 
of gasoline, of man power in home industries. But the War maae no 
shortage of people at the Wayside Inn today. The house over flowed 
with guests from noon time until a late hour this evening. The 
greatest number appeared around 1 o'clock when a group of nearly a 
hundred women were served in the large dining room. This was a 
previously arranged party for the Altrusa Club, a club for business 
and professional women just now holding a convention in Worcester. 
Other guests came in smaller parties ranging in size from two to 
a dozen. Altogether nearly 500 dinners were served. 



Monday, October 11, 1943 Pleasant 

A wedding supper was served to twenty-eight guests at 
5:30 this afternoon. The bride, Miss Crowley, was formerly employed 
in the Sudbury Ration office. The wedding took place in a church 
at Framingham Center. 



Tuesday October 12, 1943 Pleasant 

COLUMBUS DAY 

This holiday is becomming one of the largest days of the 
year at the Inn. It is a season of the year when people enjoy the 
country and particularly the Autumn foliage. Consequently many came 
from the city today to partake of a meal and to breathe the fresh, 
crisp air. There was plenty of it along with gorgeous tree colorings 
and warm sunshine. The country side put on an unusually fine aisplay. 
Those who came from dingy, crowded office buildings were grateful. 
Several expressed their sincere thanks for such "a nice place to come", 

Wednesday, October 13, 19-43 Pleasant 

Neighborhood Gossip 

Mr. and Mrs. Chisholm, parents of Jane Chisholm in the 
Mary Lamb School have moved from the caretaker's lodge on the 
Gross estate to the house formerly occupied by Mr. Sennott. It is 
known as the Jones place across from the old country store. 

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Mrs. Atkinson who lives in the old Babe Ruth house on 
Dutton Road has a new maid. She brought the young lady to the Inn 
this ai'ternoon ana introduced her as "someone who will be waiting 
for the bus" here. 



Mrs. Calvin Smith who has been spending the Summer in her 
home, the old Hagar house or Nobscot Cottage, has left to join her 
husband Captain Smith in Dayton, Ohio. 

Ira Ames gets off the 5 o'clock bus nealy every afternoon 
and calls the man in charge of his father's farm to drive down 
after him. Ira goes to the Rivers School in Brookline. 



Thursday, October 14, 1943 Cloudy 

The Rotary Club of Marlboro held their weekly luncheon and 
meeting at the Inn today. One long table was set in the large dining 
room for about thirty-five men. The speaker was Mr. J. G. Czochowiez 
of New York. He talked on "Fuel Conservation". 



Friday, October 15, 1943 Cloudy 

"Groton", an exclusive school for boys at Groton, Mass. is 
celebrating its birthday today and consequently the boys were given a 
holiday. Mr. Thomas, one of the masters, brought four tall, good 
looking students to t-he Inn for luncheon. They thoroughly enjoyed it. 
Also an explanatory trip through the house. They felt it a privilege 
to see the dancing classes which were in session in the large Ball- 
room. Then boys and master walked to the Chapel and Mill. "I can't 
get the boys away from here" wailed Mr. Thomas. He finally persuaded 
the boys to leave by telling of a huge Birthday cake which was prepared 
for them back at the school. 



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Uis Eileen Sheehan 
of Acton, Mass. whose 
wedding reception 
took place at the Inn 
last August 4th. 





Miss, Barbara Scott of 
Marlboro, Mass. who was 

married in the Martha- 
Mary Chapel on Sunday 
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Sunday, October i7, 1943 Partly Cloudy 

Women war workers at the Rouge plant were described today by 
Mrs. Mable Kalbe, Chief Counselor of the Ford Motor Company. She said 
that before the war she was practically the only woman worker qt the 
plant. She met visitors and showed them around, etc. Now she supervises 
all women employees. Mrs. Kalbe spent a couple of hours here this 
afternoon. 



Monday, October 18, 1943 Pleasant 

A lady said today that her last visit to the Inn occurred 44 
years ago. She promised not to wait 44 years before coming again. 

An oid-fashioneu remedy for killing flies was disclosed to- 
day by a guest who tola of holding a cupful of soapsuds against the 
ceiling over the flies. They would succumb and drop into the cup. 
"We used to do it with an oid-fashioneu glass goblet my grandmother 
had," said the guest. "It was easier to hold it by the stem." 



Tuesday, October 19, 1943 Pleasant 

a young man in the uniform of the U.S. Coe^st Guard said today that 
he had always wanted to meet Mr. Ford. The reason being that his 
birthday is on the very same day. The young man lived in Detroit 
once upon a time, but is now located in Washington, D.C. 



Wednesday, October 20, 1943 Cloudy 

A very nice note was received today by Miss Fisher who re- 
cently arranged a party here for the Vesper George School of Art. The 
note was written by Mrs. Dorothy George Colby, Director. It was not a 
lengthy epistle, but in a few woros, expressed sincerely the appreciation 
of all concerned. Mrs. Colby called the visit "an enchanted day". She 
thanked the entire staff for their "wonderful co-operation." 



Thursday, October 21, 1943 Cloudy 

An Australian flier, formerly a sheep ranch owner, is recupera- 
ting from wounds received in the war and is spending a part of his con- 
valescence period with Mrs. Piedmont. Mrs. Piedmont lives in Framingham 
Centre near Mr. Bowditch who owns six sheep. Thinking it would be nice 
for her Australian guest to meet her neighbor, Mr. Bowditch, Mrs. Piedmont 
introduced him to her guest as "one sheep owner to another". Then the 
two compared notes. While Mr. Bowditch was proud to tell of his six 
sheep, the Australian boasted of 3^,000 fleecy white animals. Today, 
Mrs. Piedmont brought her guest to the Inn. 



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Neighbors riding through the Wayside Inn estate 
from the Millwood Hunt Club at Jfrawingham Centre 



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Partly Cloudy 



Mr. Stanton Becker, photographer, spent the entire morn- 
ing making colored pictures of the interior of the Inn. These will 
be used by Mrs. C.Ralph Taylor in connection with a lecture on 
Historic and Literary Shrines of New Sngiqnd. Mrs. Taylor, accompaniea 
by Mr. Becker, was very enthusiastic about the materiai she was able 
to gather here. Mr. Becker, likewise, is coming back again. He thinks 
closeups of small things as the tinderbox, pipe tongs, foot stove, etc., 
will add a great deal of interest to the story as prepared by Mrs. 
Taylor. 



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Sunday, October 24, 1943 Partly Cloudy 

Today was another very busy one. A warm October sunshine 
played hide and seek among the clouds. Many came for dinner, h 
party of three, served at noontim, registered from Spain and Cuba. 



Monday, October 25 , 1943 Pleasant 

Ten letters have been received from school children in 
Jamaica, New York, asking for post cards and information about 
the Wayside Inn. Richard Ostroff writes that he is stuaying the 
poem by Lonfellow in Literature. Geraldine fortune says that she 
is now studying Henry W. Longfellow and his works. She came a- 
cross the famous "Tales" and found it very interesting. She 
would appreciate very much some picture post cards. 



Tuesday, October 26, 1943 Pleasant 

Recent Guests: 

Rev. i'Tedericic Brown Harris, Chaplain of the U.S. Senate 

Rev. William Knight, author of the "Song of the Syrian Guest" 
(between 3 and 4 million copies printed). The author, spending his 
eightieth birthday here with Mrs. Knight. 

Rev. Staliard who remembers the "Muffin Mali" in England 
whirling a rattle ana calling "muffins ana crumpets"! 

Wednesday, October 27, 1943 Rain 

A very fine specimen of a Carver chair has been presented 
by Mr. Joseph Everett Chandler, of Sudbury. The chair is an exact 
copy of the original Carver chair in Pilgrim Hall, Plymouth. Mr. 
Chandler bought the chair from Mrs. Lemon and thought that it 
should come back to the Inn. Because of ill health, he is distribu- 
ting some of his other interesting possessions. He is a lover of 
antiques, both foreign and American, with which he furnishea a 
large Italian villa-like place in Sudbury Centre. Air. Chandler's 
present address is the Wadsworth Hill House, Sudbury. 

Thursaay, October 28, 1943 Rain 

Again the Rotary Club of Marlboro enjoyed luncheon here, and 
for t^eir after-dinner entertainment, a tour was made of the Inn. 
This was conducted by Miss Wisher. 



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Thursday, October 28, 1943 (continued) 

Dinner guests this evening included Mrs. Iva Id. Duhig, 
who owns anu operates the dunstocK Trading Post at Giiforu, New 
Hampshire. "It's an antique shop", said Mrs. Duhig, "but, strange to 
say, L have very few guns in it" . 



Friday, October 29, 1943 Cloudy 

A gentleman guest today was impressed with the old 
handmade implements he found in the kitchen and when leaving maue 
this remark: "When you think of what people went through to get us 
what we have today, it seems a shame we can't make better use of 
what they achieved." 



Saturday, October 30, 1943 Partly Cloudy 

The Waysiue Inn is not formally advertised. Yet it gets 
publicity from time to time, often found in obscure places, ror 
instance: the Boston-Worcester Bus Company publishes a small monthly 
bulletin called "B. and \7. "tfays". On the cover sheet of the September 
issue is a very nice photograph of the Mill. On the first page there 
is a sketch of mary and her lamb on the way to school. Half the page 
is devoted to a description on the Inn, Mill and Schoolhouse. 



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Sunday, October 31, 1943 Very pleasant 

Two Navy ensigns at two different times today spoke of 
their wives. One of them, when taking leave, told of being at the 
Inn previously and said: "I've written my wife that we will spend 
our second honey moon here". Another good looking young chap 
was just emerging from the dining room when he met a hostess and 
remarked: "I've had a wonderful dinner, but there was one thing 
lacking". The hostess looked concerned until the boy added, "my wife" 



Monday, November 1, 194-3 Pleasant 

Eight young ladies arrived by bus this evening and after 
removing outside wraps were secorted to the dining room where 
dinner was served. The girls are Occupational Therapists at a 
state institution in Worcester and the party was a "send off" for 
one of their number who is to be married. The farewell gift was a 
set of antique silver spoons which the guest of honor thoroughly 
appreciated. "I come from the West" she said "and these old things 
mean a lot to me". 



Tuesday, November 2, 1943 Cloudy 

Imagine the pleasure derived from the Inn this evening 
by Mrs. Clarence Nida whose home is in North Carolina and who 
exclaimed on her arrival - "Oh, I'm here at lsst - I've wanted to 
see this place ever since I was in the 5th grade!" It seems that 
the 5th grade class in High Point, North C arolina in the year 
1930 made a miniature of the Wayside Inn while studying the "Tales". 
As a matter of fact the project was under way for a whole year. 
It was worked out from detailed pictures of the Inn. The house stood 
about 3>z feet high. It was made of wood and painted the same 
traditional color. Only four rooms were reproduced on the first 
floor - the Parlor, Bar-room, Kitchen and Washington bed-room. After 
the building was completed a tiny Red-Horse sign was hung at the side 
and a miniature stage coach placed at the front step. The whole 
effect created much interest and received lots of publicity through 
newspapers and radio. Mrs. Nida, who is now the wife of an Army 
chaplain. was more than thrilled to see the actual Wayside Inn; the 
Inn upon which she had spent so much of her time and thought when 
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Wednesday, November 3, 19-4-3 Pleasant 

The Landlord of the Inn and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Henry 
F.ord arrived this evening to stay a few days. They are on a short 
vacation trip from Dearborn via New York. 

Sixteen women who work at the Curtis Shoe factory in 
Marlboro made up a party to have dinner here this evening. After 
dinner a sight-seeing tour was conducted through the house. 



Thursday, November U> 194-3 Pleasant 

About thirty Rotarians came from Marlboro this noon time 
to enjoy their weekly luncheon served in the large dining room. 

Mrs. Ford gave us description of the play seen in New York 
called "Harriet", the life of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Harriet was 
portrayed by Helen Hayes and we were pleased to see pictures of her 
in costumes of the period. Also pictures of several scenes in the play. 



"Flicker" the horse made a run from Lexington to the Inn 
this afternoon in 2\ hours. He brought Mr. and Mrs. Travers in a 
two seated carriage to spend the night. 



Friday, November 5, 1943 Pleasant 

Luncheon guests included Mr. and Mrs. G. S . Yn'alker from 
Alls ton, Mass. celebrating their 56th Wedding anniversary. The 
anniversary day however, was the 26th of October. That day it rained. 
"So we're celebrating today" - said Mr. Walker. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ford left at 3 P. M. to start on their journey 
home. They boarded a train at Worcester. 



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Pleasant 




Mrs. "Billy" Sunday 
who spent a week here 
beginning Sept. 6th. 




Mrs. Gardiner Fiske driving 
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Sunday, November 7, 1943 Very pleasant 

The Howe family of Wayside Inn fame were related to 
Lord Howe, British admiral in the Revolutionary War. This fact 
was recounted today to a Lieutenant Commander in the present 
English navy, F. C. L. Halliday. He Sold that the Howes of 
England have always been a great Navy family. The present Earl 
of Howe who was Viscount Cur son started the Royal Navy Volunteer 
Reserve. His rank, is CoMuodore - an officer of Flag rank which 
means the highest. Commander Halliday ^.na his wife enjoyed the 
Inn very much indeed. They spoke their appreciation several 
times. Mrs. Halliday is a beautiful person to look upon and has 
the typical rosy complexion of English women altho 1 i-jnerican 
born. Their home is in Dedham, County Essex, England. 



Monday, November 8, 194-3 R^in 

Several years ago we heard about Mary Lamb. She lives 
in Pasadena, California anu is now about 15 years old. a guest 
told us about her again recently. Mary's father is an executive 
in the Richfield Oil Company. 



Tuesday, November 9, 194-3 Rain 

Miss Mildred Game, overnight guest last night was dis- 
covered this morning to be associated with the radio program 
"The American School of the Air". She writes script for the 
program which is sponsored by the Columbia Broadcasting bysteni. It 
includes music, talks ana dramatic sketches. Orson Welles and 
other v.ell icnown people have been heard on this program. 



Wednesday, November 10, 194-3 Clouay 

Mr. Frank Camp sail, Mr. Charles Vorhees and Mr. Edward 
Rausch arrived late this afternoon from Dearborn. They drove out 
from the Boston airport where they landed after a six hour flight. 
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Thursday, November 11, 194-3 Cloudy 

ivRMISTICE DAY 



The day was relatively quiet for a holiday. .Several 
people came who made reservations for Thanksgiving ainner. >unong 
them a Vtiliiams party who are eating "out" on Thanksgiving uay 
because they want to De away from home. "You see we have a boy 
at Bouganville and haven't heard from him for about a month" 
explained Mr. Viiiliams. 

Dinner guest, aged 6. . . "I'm full from the ground to 

the sky" . 

A dinner guest this evening was interested in the kittle 
piano mentioned by Longfellow in the "Tales of a Wayside Inn". His 
interest was not so much in Longfellow's lines about the spinet as 
in its maker, a. Babcock. The guest was Mr. Jerome F. Murphy, 
President of Steinert & Co., Boston piano dealers. He said that 
Jonas Chickering is usually considered the first maker of 
pianos in this country, but really Mr. Babcock made the very 
earliest piano. Chickering was a cabinet maker from New Hampshire 
who worked for Mr. Babcock in his small shop in Milton, Mass. 
Chickering, then, according to our guest, was the second piano 
maker in America. Babcock' s small shop was in his stable where the 
first half doaen pianos are said to have come into being. Mr. 
Murphy admired the choice mahogany seen in our Babcock piano and 
spoke enthusiastically of its fine workmanship. 



Friday, November 12, 194-3 Pleasant 

The Waysiders group under the direction of Professor 
Erwin Schell gave up their monthly meetings. here last winter due to 
gas rationing. The meetings which for many years were held around 
the old kitchen fireplace were greatly missed. Several Waysiders 
spoke to Professor Schell- "Can't we go out to the Wayside Inn this 
year again?" Seven came this evening and they made up a jolly group 
though small in number. Professor Schell was the gracious host and 
talk was xively. Dinner was served. The Waysiders are mostly 
professors who teach either at Harvard or the Mass. Institute of 
Technology. 

Miss Fisher and Miss Jouannet each were presented this 
evening with an attractive little wodden dog. The dogs are hounds 
carved from a single block of wood then varnished and spotted with 
black paint. The are made in several typical poses by a frequent 
Inn guest, Mr. Arthur Little. Carving is his hobby. He can cut out 
a dog in 15 minutes an^ often does so while waiting in his car. 
Consequently he carries a little leather tool case in his pocket . 
Mrs. Little paints the hounds which sell in a few shops for 90 cents each. 



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Saturday, November 13, 1943 Cold 

Thanks giving reservations are coming in constantly by 
mail and telephone. A letter has been received from Mrs. Stuart 
Huckins of Wellesley Hills, Mass. who writes: 

"It has become a tradition for us to 
dine with you on Thanksgiving. This 
will be our eighteenth time on that 
day" . 

Mrs. Huckins is Ogla Owens, book reviewer of the 

Boston Herald. There are three in the family, Mr. and Mrs. Huckins 

and daughter. Daughter has never had a Thanksgiving dinner anywhere 
else. 



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Sunday, November 1-4, 194-3 rtly cloud] 

ler General honored the Inn with s visit boc 3 
and expressed himself as being pleased with this old Ne« England 
house which he had never seen before. His wife told us that the 
general has travelled ail over the world, lie is now s tationed in 
Boston. His name: William Hesbeth. 

another distinguished gueet todaj r. John D. Brown, 
nember of the state House of Representatives. 

Still another notabxe visitor this afternoon was Greer 
Garson who attracted nucn attention in the dining room as the 
principal character in "Mrs. i.iiniver". She registered in the 
Special Guest book. 

>nday, November 15, 1943 Cloudy 

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts is holding an exhibition 
illustrating the arts and crafts history of Boston from 1630 - 1872. 
An account is given in todays' Boston Globe: 

"At a time like the present when war pictures 
and war posters are to be seen everywhere, it * 
might be -..-ell to remember that the l'irst war poster 
designed i'or propaganda was made in Boston in 177 J 
by Paul Revere" . 

This refers to a print of the Boston i'.assacre. It was called 
"The Bloody Massacre", a copy of which hangs in the Bar-room of the 
Inn. According to the Boston Globe, the Massacre print, on displaj 
at the museum, is one of the outstanding features of the exhibit. It 
was used in Paul Reveres time to stimulate the hostility and 
uphold the morale of the restless American colonists . 

Tuesday, November 16, 1943 Sto 

A return visit was made today by j ng man rte 
is Ford; Charles E. Ford, n 1 lieutenatnt in the Navy-. His l'irst 
visit was a i ong time ago when the lieutenant was a small boy of 
seven years. A t that time, he st^ i on bip-toe to write his n 

in the register book. Just then Mr. Henry Ford d, loked 

over the child's shoulder and exclaimed at th »rd. "Is it 
your real name, boy?" he asked. To prove it, litt] 

llet fr cKot and showed it to Mr. Ford. "I've never 

*0fr forgotten the incident", said Lieutenant Ford tod y, :. 
name in the Lor boo/, once again. 



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Wednesday, November 17, 1943 tly cloudy 

recent guest was "Gray" the parrot, owned by C <er 
and Mrs. Morse of Newport, Rhode Island. This was Gray's third or 
fourth visit to the Inn. 



Thursday, November 18, 19 sssant 

rjnother thrixii; story was related this evening try 
Lieutenant D. ft. McGivony, Jr. In November, i942, he not in the h 
rhile somewhere in Africa, causing a fracture of the skull, 
carried to a sh ipon an operation w jd. During it 
torpedo struck the ship. Lieutenant McGivonly was removed to a 1 
craft which tossed on a choppy sea for several hours ana finally tipped over. 
i\n officer came to the rescue; supported the boj in the water for six 
hours. At long last he reached dry land and tonight the tall, dark boy fi 
Nevada, Missouri was not over-anxious to t« >ut his experience. His 
chief concern vrus to find out the name of the surgeon who opera&edupon nil . 
oo far he has been unsuccessful. The officer who rescued him in the water 
has received the Distinguished service Cross. Lieutenant McGivony n 
the dinner guest of Captain and Mrs. El well. 



Friday, November 19, 1943 saa ant 

Mr. and ^r. J. Allen Wikoff came to dinner. He has been a Ford 
dealer for thirty-five years at Raton ana Clayton in New Mexico. They 
enjoyed seeing the dancing class ana said that the dances -ere very 
similat to those done by the Mexicans. Mrs. Wikoff was Lng a 
beautifully designed bracelet of silver ana turquoise. The large oval 
stone unpolished ana shaded in coaor. The silver setting was intricately 
carved by the Navajo Indians and portrayed their symbols of worship, the 
sun ana the lightening. 

Saturday, November 20, 194-3 Pleasant 

Members of the Millwood Hunt rode across the Inn fields too 

on a urag hunt ana jumped several fences and stone walls. A pretty 
sight in their green riding costumes ana the hjunds leading the n j . 
Little Linda Cabot, astride her favorite pony, the ji :ept 
up" with her aaad^ and ...other. The Cabot family rode up fro.- their 
estate in Weston for the occasion. Just before dinner, Mr. ot 

and Lindd arrived to st_y the night here. They left their horses at the 
Hunt Club and ..ill ride back to Weston tomorrow morning. 



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Sunday, November 21, 194 3 Pleasant 

At 4:30 o'clock this afternoon a party of -thirty 
people were served dinner in bhe large dining room. Tables were 
placed in U shape near the fireplace. The party was given in 
celebration of a silver wedding anniversary ^nd flowers, bought 
especially for the occasion, added to the gayety of bhe affair. 

1 were close friends or relatives of the honor uesx»s una 
expressed their hearty congratulations to the couple. 



Monday, November 22, 1943 Cold and rain 

In spite of a cold rein which turned into a urizzle 
during the evening, one hundred and ten members of the Newman 
Club came down from Marlboro to celebrate the Club's birthday. 
Dinner was served in the large dining room after which speeches 
./ere heard and business transacted. Then the group adjourned 
tj the large ball room where a singer, a. former follies girl, 
presented a concert. She divided it into two parts, first singing 
popular songs of the present day and secondly some classical and 
semi-classical pieces. The audience composed of all ladies, 
applauded heartily and encores were given. At 10:30 the concert 
was over. Most of the party hurried into their wraps, anxious to 
get to their homes on a stormy night. 



Tuesday, November 23, 1943 Cloudy, rain 

Preparations .j-re going forth for the Thanksgiving feast 
which this year will be served between 12 and 5 ?• M. About four 
hundred and fifty guests are expected; their reservations having been 

Le well in advance. People are still asking for reservations 
however, and the d^ "/as a busy one answering the telephone almost 
constantly. Questions such as "Couldn't you possibly squeeze in a 

by of five?" were answered in the negative. All departments 

from the top to the bottom of the house are bending every effort 

to have the Tahnksgiving guests well cared for the served promptly. 
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Wednesday, November 24, 1943 nt 

Tall corn stains and fat, yellow pumpkins have been brought 
in from the farm today and many other farm produces such as cabbages , 
squash, turnips and apples are being useU throughout the house for 
decorating purposes . Branches of juniper have been placed as 
background and x^rge pewter and wooden bow] 3 filled to overflowing; 
suggestive of a bounteous repast ^nd the spirit of thanks- giving. 

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Wednesday, November 24 - continued 

A guest asked the question this morning - "What ao we have 
to be thankful for?" Then he answered it himself. "I'm thankful 
just to be alive", he said. 

Dr. tiaker, dentist from Brookiine, Mass. put the finishing 
touches on the decorations. He went about here ana uhere, turnii 
an apple around to its brighter side, twitting the juniper branches 
to a slightly different angle and tying the corn stalks to make them 
secure. "I've done a lot of this kin d of thing in my own home", he 9aid. 

Thursday, November 25, 19-43 Very pleasant 

TfliJaKSGIVINu u*l 

To "Grandmother's house" came relatives of the Howe family, 
friends of the Inn-keepers and many others who wanted to share in the 
holiday festivities of this two hundred and fifty year old tavern. 
They were not disappointed. Large lucious birds, browned to a turn, 
stood ready and waiting In the kitchen. The cranberry sauce in small 
glass dishes g-ve a uash of color against white table cloths and the 
wai tresses in Puritan gray with spic span aprons buzzed to and fro. The 
front door with highly polished brass knocker was opened wide to welcome the 
guests; large families and small ones. There was the Howe party of 
twenty-five with tiny tots clinging to the skirts of mothers and grand- 
mothers. Smaller families were represented by such couples as 
Mr. and Mrs. Bryant, their children grown up and gone away. One typical 
familj came from Summit, New Jersey to dine here with their soldier son. 
Another man in uniform asked for printed menus o£ the dinner to send to 
his home folics in Iowa and Oregon. Still another guest announced she 
had c me all the way from Lewis ton, Maine to partake of dinner at 
"Grandmother's house". Toward the end of the afternoon as long shade* 
streamed across the hall, it was time to replenish the fires, fill the 
apple bowls and rest for a minute. The house seemed lonely. Childrens 
voices were no longer heard, grandmother's slow footsteps had gone over 
the threshold and only the Inn family with a few overnight ^uests remain* 
But the Inn was not really lonely. A spirit of rejoicing prevailed. 
The Wayside Inn had proudly fuHfilled the traditions of a real 
New England Thenksgiving. 

Friday, November 26, 1943 Pleasant 

Prom one of our boys, Robert Johnson, has come the September 4th 
issue of "The Tfhite Falcon", a newspaper published oy American forces in 
Iceland. The reason for sending it - a picture of Mr. Ford on Page 
Underneath is the caption- "Henry Ford doesn't feel day over SO". 



Saturday, November 27, 1943 



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Marian Laberee Quevedo 

from Guatemala. She 

married a Central 

American doctor after 

a nurses training course. 

Previous to that she 

seved as assistant hosless 

at Wayside Inn (about 1924-26) 



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bicycle tourists from 
Connecticut on their way to 
New Hampshire. The placards 
on the rear read: 

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Sunday, November 28, 1943 Pleasant 

Thanksgivinr guests departed this morning and it was 
with regret that we said good-bye to Mr. and Mrs. McKinnon, 
Mr. and Mrs. Grote, Mr. and Mrs. Glover and Dr. Banford. A 11 
were here for the holidays and after getting acquainted with each 
other made up a congenial group. It so happened that all were 
from New York state. Dr. Banford lives in Utica and the others 
in or near New York City. The Glovers were particularly interested 
in the construction of old houses, having built a 17th century 
type of house in Hollywooc , California. 'During their stay they 
walked to the Walker and Parmenter places. Mr. Glover declared the 
Parmenter house to be the best of all early houses he has seen. 



Monday, November 29, 1943 Pleasant 

"The Song of Our Syrian Guest" is a story written by 
William A. Knight of Framingham Center, Mass. Recently Mr. and 
Mrs. Knight celebrated Mr. Knight's 80th birthday here and in 
appreciation have sent us a copy of the "Syrian Guest". It is a 
tiny, paper covered book in a special edition for service men. 
Altogher millions of copies in several different editions have 
been printed; the first copyrighted in 1904 . The "Song" is an in- 
terpretation of the 23rd psalm. Mr. Knight shows how the whole 
psalm runs through the round of shepherd life from its first word 
to last. For instance in explaining "HE RESTORETH MY SOUL", the 
Syrian guest says: "The soul means the life or one's self in the 
Hebrew writings. There are perilous places for the sheep on all 
sides and they seem never to learn to avoid them. The shepherd 
must ever be on the watch. And there are private fields and some- 
times gardens and vineyards here and there in the shepherd country; 
if a sheep stray into them and be caught there it is forfeited to 
the owners of the land. So, "He Restoreth My Soul" means, 'The 
shepherd brings me back and rescues me from f^tal and forbidden places' 



Tuesday, November 30, 1943 Pleasant 

Mr. Oavieau, gardener, has brought in some greens for use 
in the dining reom now that flowers from the garden are no longer 
available. Miss Fisher has placed moist green moss ± n the bottom 
of shallow glass dishes which fit into small pewter bowls. In the 

noss are checkerberry leaves and winter greens from the woods. These 

make effective center pieces for the tables and several guests have 

remarked about them. It is hard to relize how much the things which 
are found commonly in the country, mean to our city guests. 



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Wednesday, December 1, 1943 Pleasant 

Two former Inn boys returned today in uniform. They were 
Tony Angelico and Robert Hall; the lormer a graduate of the 
Boys School and the latter an instructor there. Tony "took a ride" as 
he described it, to Africa and back. He is attached to a Military Police 
unit and serves as cook. "I'd never know how to prepare a meal for 
two two or three" he said. Most of the time Tony cooks for about 200 
men. In Africa there was very little fresh food. Most of it came out 
of cans. Tony described his four months in Oran in a great deal of 
detail. Robert Hall has spent most of his time since leaving here, in 
Seattle, Washington as a milk inspector. 



Thursday, December 2, 1943 Pleasant 

luncheon 
The Rotary Club from Marlboro v*ere again guests; this time 

numbering thirty-four. 

Mrs. G. Bromley Oxnam, wife of Bishop Oxnam, was also a 
luncheon guest today. Her son, Captain Philip H. Oxnam was wounded in 
action, probably in Italy, on November 1st and has received the Order 
of the Purple Heart. His picture appeared in Boston newspapers a short 
time ago. 



Friday, December 3, 1943 Cloudy 

Newly-weds, Ensign and Mrs. R. W. Brown, from Portland, Maine 
are spending a few days here. They were married last Saturday and will 
have a brief honeymoon; he returning to duty next Sunday. 



Saturday, December 4> 1943 Partly cloudy 

Two children were outstanding guests today. One was a little 
girl who was seeing the Inn for the first time with her uncle a N_ivy 
lieutenant. The other was a small boy clinging to his mother' s skirts. 
The girl, a child of nine or ten years was from Princeton, New Jersey. 
Uncle thought she should see the Wayside Inn in order to increase her 
knowledge of American history. He was not disappointed. The child absorbed 
a large amount of it and when leaving said with genuine enthusiasm and 
appreciation - "I'll have a lot to tell my teacher". The little boy didn't 
talk much. He just whispered to his mother, then she interpreted. What 
he said was this: "I'd like to sleep in that tiny room upstairs" - meaning 
the small room adjoining the room in which General Lafayette sl^.pt. The 
smaller room is said to have been occupied by Lafayette's servant and 
appeals greatly to our very young guests. 



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Sunday, December 5, 1943 Pleasant 

A large wedding reception was held in the Ball room 
late this afternoon followed by a chicken a la king supper. 
This was served in the large dining room for about ninety guests. 
The bridal couple were lrom Marlboro, Mr. ana Mrs. John Downey. 
She was formerly Peggy Jefferson, a popular and attractive 
school teacher. The groom was in uniform. 

A Colonel stepped up to the old Bar today and gave this 
information; "My name is Alexander and I was here seventeen years 
a^o . " 



Monday, December 6, 1943 Pleasant 

A neighborhood party enjoyed dinner at the Inn this 
evening; all from Belmont, Mass. They are couples who live 
side by side on the same street and once a month get together for 
a purely sociable time. "Once in a while we talk about improve- 
ments for our district and other business" said Mr. Ross, "but 
we ordinarily just have a good timet' Mr. Ross was in charge of 
the group and made arrangements for sixteen guests to be served. 



Tuesday, December 7, 194-3 Pleasant 

There are two families by the name of Bowker who come 
to the Inn. Both have homes in Worcester. Mr. and "'rs. Carl 
Bowkercome every Saturday night. Mr. and Mrs. Harold S. Bowker 
come four or five times a year. The latter have a son, Gordon 
who is in the Submarine Patrol. Recently Gordon visited the Stage 
Door Canteen in Hollywood. There he was chosen as a subject by 
Mr. Taylor, cartoonist for the New York Herald- Tribune . Mr. Taylor 
did a pastel sketch of Gordon. It is now on its way to the 
anxiously awaiting parents. The parents were dinner guests this 
evening and told the story. 



Wednesday, December 3, 1943 Pleasant 

Inn folks are enjoying the new book by Samuel Chamberlain. 
Not a picture book like the Camera Impression Mr. Chamberlain made 
of the Inn, but in this our friend goes in for French cooking and 
fine French foods. The title of the book is "Clementine in the 
Kitchen". It has a cheery red and white checked jacket - suggestive of 
kitchens - and the reading matter (a good many receipes) fairly 
makes your mouth water. The Chamberlain family lived in France for 
six years and there acquired Clementine. They brought her to America. 
Her experiences in shopping the American way are very humorous. 
Altogether it is a delightful book - amusing and informative. 



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Thursday, December 9, 1943 Partly cloudy 

A message came over the telephone this morning which gave a 
thrill to the one on this end of the line. A pleasant voice belonging 
to a proud mother announced that the son in her family was home on a 
furlough. He had been asked what he would like to do best for a party 
during his vacation. "I'd like to go to the Wayside Inn" he said. 
Consequently a tall, lanky youth in olive drab was the center of 
attention this evening when seven members of the Leland family gathered 
at a table near the fireplace in the old dining room. The boy told 
enthusiastically of his army life and travels to distant places. On 
his return, however, he wanted, above any other entertainment, to come 
with his family to the Wayside Inn. 



Friday, December 10, 194-3 Very cold 

Air-WAC Sgt. Catherine B. Deitch is undoubtedly thinking of 
the Wayside Inn tonight. It was exactly a week ago on Friday, December 3 f 
that Boston papers announced a big day for Catherine. It was her 
second wedding anniversary. It was her birthday. It was her husband's 
birthday. And she celebrated with a dinner party at the Wayside Inn. 
Four friend WAC's came along in honor of the occasion. Husband David 
Deitch is serving with MacArthur somewhere in the Southwest Pacific. 



Saturday, December 11, 1943 Very cold 

Ladies and gentlemen in colonial costume together with many 
in the uniform of the U. S. Navy danced in the large Ball room this 
evening. Hoop skirts and wasp waists were the vogue while the men 
appeared as George Washingtons. Costumes were found in old trunks. 
Last Summer Miss Mary Brown inherited her aunt's belongings. Among them 
were trunks and trunks of old and beautiful dresses. These she gave to 
the Vesoer George School of Art in Boston. Tonight the school put on 
costume party and invited Miss Brown to come. She came all the way from 
New York. During the evening, yards and yards of silks and satins 
passed by Miss Brown as she sat in the Ball-room and watched. L ovely 
white gowns with rare old lace and quaint bonnets tied under the chin. 
All floated by to the tunes of a four piece orchestra. Waltaes were done 
and many square dances. It was a bitter cold night and the sombre clock 
said nearly twelve when "good nights" were being said. Shawls were 
wrapped around the ladies while the gentlemen put on heavy mufflers and 
mittens. Modern young folks had been dinner-dancing in the old manner. 



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Sunday, December 12, 1943 Pleasant 

The little family who spent the night here last night 
consisted of mother, father and two daughters. Mother looked 
as young as her children so that other guests remarked on her 
girlish appearance. The father attracted attention as a tall, 
handsome gentleman in the uniform of a colonel. "The girls will 
never forget their experience in spending the night in this 
historic house", said Colonel Hubbard as he brought suitcases 
and travelling bags down the stairs. At this particular moment 
everyone was trying to be especially jolly and gay covering over 
the sad thought of these little girls being left alone after father 
had departed for parts unknown. 



Monday, December 13, 1943 Pleasant 

Signatures of service men 
Dec, 5-12 



Margaret D. Sheeran U. S. N. R. - Burlington, Vermont 

Ens. Alderine Jennings U. S. N. R. - Sacramento, California 

Ens. Marie PA, Bader, U. S. N. R. - Seller sville, Pennsylvania 

Capt. and Mrs. R. E. Thayer - Fort Devens, Massachusetts 

Private Ralph F. Fink - Kent, Ohio 

Chaplain U. V. White - Mobile Air Service Command 

Mobile, Alabama 

Ens. John V. Coe, Wichita, Kansas 

Lt. (A) V.H. Piatt R. N. V. R. - Manchester, England 

Chaplain A. L. Lack, Puerto, Rico 

Ens. Donald J. Boyts, Sprirgfield, Missouri 

G. H. McGregor R. C. A. F.- Calgary Alberta, Canada 

J. A. Rowse, R. C. A. F. Vancouver, B. C. Canada 



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Tuesday, December 14, 194-3 Very cold 

Zero temperatures are hovering ^round. Inn family and 
guests are drawing their chairs towards the open fireplace in an 
effort to keep warm. The weather man doesn't promise relief for 
several days so fur coats have been brought out of storage and 
winter mufflers and mittens have ^ut in an appearance. ^ strong 
wind has accompanied the low temperatures which mattes rosy cheeks and 
frosty ears. Seems early for such tilings. Ola Han 7/inter isn't uue 
until next week. 



Wednesday, December 15, 194-3 Continued cold 

Two parties consisting of all young ladies celebrated 
Christmas here this evening by having dinner and distributing 
gifts. One was a party of nine and the other numbered seven. The 
former were from Marlboro and the latter from Hudson. The Marlboro 
group after eating dinner, took an early bus zo the home of a 
member where ^resents were to be opened. The girls from Hudson 
brought a small Christmas tree with them and sat around it while 
untying gaily wrapped gifts. 



Thursday, December 16, 1943 Very cold 

Members of the Marlboro Rotary Club who lunched here today 
contributed two items of interest to the Diary. One gentleman told 
of picking ip a xittle china bo at- shaped match holder from off the 
mantle shelf in his living room. On it was a picture of the Wayside 
Inn and underneath was stamped "Made in Austria for Morse & Bigelow, 
Marlboro, Mass.". Morse & Bigelow was a popular dry goods store for 
many years beginning in the 1880' s. The other Rotarian told of 
receiving a Christmas card the other duy from somewhere on the West 
coast. It was a picture of the 7«'ayside Inn. 



Friday, December 17, 194-3 Slightly warmer 

side Inn was alarmed around lo' clock today when flames 
burst forth from the East wing of Calvin How house, dormitory of the 
Boys School. The fire engine, reposing in the Gate House, was quick 
to repond and soon a hose was running iroin the Calvin How Pond to the 
raging flames. Boys and men were drawn from all parts of the estate and 
hostesses and passersby helped in removing dooks and other furnishings 
from the building. In the meantime fire engines arrived from Sudbury, 
Marlboro and Framingham. A crowd gathered. In a short time numerous 
hoses were playing on the roof and other parts where every now and 
then a flame would start up. It was a bitter cold day. Firemen 
stamped their feet and cars .ere sent to the Inn to bring coats and 
sweaters for the fighters. After about an hour the flames subsided, 
the smoke was thinner and the on-lookers started to disband. There 

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Friday, December 17 - continued 

was a lot to be cleaned up andcleared away. Books, mattresses, 
desks, chairs, clothing etc. which had been carried out of the house 
had to be ^ut under cover before ni & htfull. Not until nearly dark 
did the last engine leave. The boys who had lost their sleeping 
quarters were temporarily lodged in Dutton House. Fire fighters came to 
the Inn for a good hot cup of coffee. 



Saturday, December 13, 1943 Warmer 

Two events of Diary importance occurred last evening but 
because of the lengthy account of the fire will be recorded today. 
Miss Joan Dieffenbach of Norwood, New Jersey arrived for her seventh 
consecutive Christmas holiday. Miss Ann will join her sister later 
and both will occupy their usual room "Grain" until the New Year. They 
are lonely women who like to be away from home at ths ^articular time. 
A very dear brother died several years ago at this very season and 
mother and father have also passed away leaving the two daughters to 
live in the old family homestead. Joan una Ann are indeed members of 
the Inn family and after seven years Christmas would not be Christmas 
without them here. 

Miss Gladys Thomas of Worcester and ten other girls held 
their Jhristmas party after dinner in the old Dining room. All the 
girls work in the same office in Worcester and each wore a red corsage 
contributed by one of the members. Many excited cries issued from the 
dining room as the girls unwrapped their Christmas gifts in front of the 
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Sunday, December 19, 194; Pleasant 

The famous orange tree planted bj Mary Sawyer Tyler h 
been talked about many times in the Diary. Mary planted the tree 
when living xt the McLean Hospital in Somerville, Mass. where 
Mr. Tyler served as Superintendent. Later the hospital moved to 
Waverly, Mass. The orange tree was carried along and is now housed 
in a special conservatory. It must be at least 60 years old and 
bears about 200 oranges every year. Tonight our friend Mr. Noyes, 
who is associated with the hospital, presented the Inn with two large 
ripe oranges from the tree. They are on a single branch ,\ith leaves 
attached - making them very decorative. The; have been placed on a 
pewter plate which reposes on the Bar. The story is explained to 
interested guests most of whom believe that Mary was a fictitious 
character and that the lamb which followed her to school one uay was 
purely legendary. 



Monday, December 20, 1943 Pleasant 

Christmas cards are beginning to arrive from Wayside Inn 
school boys now in the armed forces. Here is one from Camp Robinson, 
Arkansas and another from Seattle, Washington. But practically all 
have come from parts unknown. The return address is full of numbers 
in care of the Postmaster at New YoriC City. Sgt. William Piazik sent 
his greeting from the 39th General Hospital at San Prancisco. Paul 
Gagne writes that he is on an island which is literally covered with 
flowers. He is impressed with the blue-ness of the Pacific ocean. 
Eddie Carey added a note to his card in which he expresses the hope to 
see us before long, bo every one is a remembrance of the Inn at this 
Christmas time from almost every corner of the World. 



Tuesday, December 21, 1943 Pleasant 

The Inn reminded Dr. Nichols, guest today, of another Inn 
situated 100 miles south of Chicago. It is called "Starved Rock Inn" 
and is famous for its enormous fireplaces. It is built about a mile 
from the hisotic Starved Rock. In Indian times some of the Iroquois 
were trapped on this rock-plateau by an enemy tribe. About 1500 
indians starved to death. Only one escaped to tell the tale. 



Wednesday, December 22, 19-43 Pleasant 

Christmas would not be Christmas without the annual Christmas 
party for Wayside Inn children. Children from the Inn schools, their 
parents, brothers and sisters - all joined tonight in welcoming Santa 
Claus down a bright red chimney in the large Ball room. The room was 
nearly filled with tiny tots and grown-ups too who enjoyed the never 
tiresome fun of listening for sleigh bells and then awaiting the arrival 

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Wednesday, December 22 - continued 

of the traditional Christmas character in gay red suit with a pack 
on his back. Presents were distributed and stockings filled with candy 
were ready and waiting to be carried home by the children. "Santa Claus 
asked me if I had been a good little girl this Summer" said one youngster 
of about four years and others exclaimed gleefully regarding their interview 
with Santa. Ice cream and cake made the event into a real party. 

Thursday, December 23, 1943 Cloudy 

Branches of juniper and hemlock are being used to decorate the 
house and several ofthe guests staying over the holidays have helped today 
in arranging pretty Christmas effects. Two zar three pine trees have been 
placed in large spaces and Miss Dieffenbach has hung their branches vith 
colored ornaments. Other guests have tied red ribbons on Christmas wreaths 
for each window. In the dining room every table will have a tiny Christmas 
tree of its own covered with "snow". The Bat* is being used as a repository for 
mysterious looking packages. The Bowkers came from Worcester on a recent 
evening with their arms filled j a gift for every Inn employee. While quieter 
and less gay than in former years , the Christmas spirit still prevails. 

Friday, December 24, 1943 Pleasant 

A middle-aged couple, two maiden ladies and a young ensign and his 
wife comprise our family of house guests for Christmas. And surprising as it 
may seem, this group has become one of the most congenial ever assembled here. 
There is a spirit of cooperation and willingness to help. For instance Mr. 
Xing offered to check the list of dinner guests who are coming tomorrow. Mrs. 
King polished apples while Ensign and Mrs. Peterson entertained with stories 
of their home in California. The Dieffenbach sisters always matce themselves 
useful and swing into any place where they see a need for service. In the 
meantime, many happy moments have been spent together in front of the open 
fire. Series have been told and echoes of hearty laughter have been heard. 
As evidence of their enjoyment, not one of the house guests went upstairs 
tonight unitiL after midnight. 

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Caturday, December 25, 1943 Pleasant 



Christmas day 



In despair I bowed my head: 

There is no peace on earth, I said. 

"For hate is strong 

And mocks the song 

Of peuc e on earth, good will to men" 

Then pealed the bells more laoud and deep 

"God is not deadj nor doth He sleep 

The Wrong shall fail 

The Right prevail 

With peace on earth, good-will to men". 

LONGFELLOl 

Sitting before the spinet this afternoon was a captain of the 
Murines. He bent low over the keys and from them came the strains of 
"It came upon the Midnight clear". Captain Culp was his name; just home 
from the Pacific. The music drew several guests into the Parlor and soon a 
harmony of voices was heard singing the lovely carol. The blue unifrom 
against the rich mahogany color of the piano made a beautiful picture. A 
lady looked proudly at the young man then whispered to the hostess: "He 
led the carol singing on Guadalcanal last Cristmas". 



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Sunday, December 26, 1943 Pleasant 

The oranges from the tree planted by Mary Sawyer are 
still to be seen in the Bar-room and the story is told to many 
of the guests. A very nice woman today was especially interested. 
She told of some famous iilies-of-the-valley. They ^re ^ink. 
in color and grow abundantly in Russia. Some were transplanted 
in her garden in Brookline, Mass* and every year large bouquets 
of them are picked. "They are a very deep pink color and I combine 
them with long stemmed white violets", said this lovely lady. Then 
she added that next Spring she would bring some of the pink lilies 
to the Inn. 

Old friends from Worcester today introduced as their guest 
Miss Merle S. Whitford from Washington, secretary to Representative 
Will Rogers, Jr. 



Monday, December 27, 194-3 Pleasant 

The Inn w^s saddened today by the news of the death of 
Dr. Lee S. McCollester, one of the most beloved of the Wayside Fraters 
group. He died suddenly while spending the holidays at the home of his 
daughter in Connecticut. This will throw a cloud of deep regret over 
the annual meeting of the Fraters which occurs this year during the 
week of January 23rd. Two of the most important and oldest members have 
passed away during the year.. . Frederick W. Perkins and Dean McCollester. 

Tuesday, December 28, 1943 Pleasant 

Just about the nicest Christmas remembrance of 1943 came 
today in the form of a post card from French Africa. It was enclosed 
in an envelope and this note attached: 

A happy new year 

A merry Christmas 

Pierre handy 
(formerly on n le Fantasque") 
Ens. P. Landy - Crois eur "Jeanne d'Arc" 
one of the 3 French Navy's Officers 
who have not forgotten 

that strawberry jam 
and the smiles of Wayside ! 

The reference to the strawberry jam should be explained. The three 
French officers came to the Inn several times during their stay in 
Boston last Summer. The last time they asked if they could have some of 
our strawberry jam to take on board ship. They liked it especially v. ell. 
Consequently a jar was filled and placed in a paper bag. It evidently 
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Wednesday, December 29, 194-3 Very cold 

The Wayside Inn Chapter of the D. A. R. met in the 
Ball-room this afternoon following luncheon served to 25 members. This was a 
39th Birthday party and the charter of the society, framed, was passed 
around as an interesting feature of the celebration. The frame of the charter 
was presented to the group by Air. Lemon and was made from a rafter taken from 
the Inn. On the lower side of the frame is a brass marker with the following 
inscription: 

This frame made from a rafter of the Wayside Inn 
Prsented to Wayside Inn Chapter, D.A.R. 
by E. R. Lemon, 1909 
Chapter founded 1904. 

Chapter members live in Sudbury, Wayland and other surrounding towns. 

Thursday, December 30, 194-3 Cold 

One day about this time of year in 1939 a couple came to the Inn 
who told an interesting story. They were brother and sister and for some 
reason which is not quite clear, they hadn't seen each other since the boy 
was two years old. He was then twenty-four. Coming to the Inn was a kind of 
celebration in honor of the reunion. The next year they came again and 
almost every ye r at Christmas time, Mr. Finn and his sister appear, usually 
late in the afternoon for a cup of tea. Today as they walked into the Bar- 
room we looked twice. Mr. Finn was in uniform and across the left breast 
pocket of his uniform were several service stripes. "This one means fifty 
air missions over Italy and this one signifies the American theatre, this one 
the European theatre and the last stands for participation in three major 
battles" explained this tall, healthy-looking soldier v.ho is just now home on 
a furlough. His position is tail gunner in a combat crew. After hearing 
such a thrilling account of war activity, it was suggested to Mr. Finn 
that the Inn was far removed from any theatre of war and possibly not doing 
its share in the war effort. "Yes indeeed it is" said our hero - "its a 
wonderful place to come for peace and rest and I nope it will never be closed", 

Friday, December 31, 194-3 Warmer 

New Year's Eve was not celebrated at the Inn by the tooting of 
horns or hilarious laughter of guests. At midnight a small company was 
gathered in the Bar-room consisting of Miss Ann Dieffenbach, Dr. Banford 
and Goodwill Post. The latter, by the way, was born on Christmas day, 
hence her unusual name. Someone brought small glasses of grapefruit juice 
from the pantry and toast was made to the New Year - all expressing the 
fervent hope that Victory and Peace would come. 



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